House of Circular Skills

Forming an interdisciplinary collaboration aims to contribute to building practice, learning and innovation capacity for the circular transition in the Utrecht region by systematically bringing (vocational) education and practice together.

From the education sector there is a need to realize a structural form of cooperation in which there is a sustainable connection between the education and relevant partners from the region. The question is how (preparatory) vocational education in general and training in particular, can cooperate sustainably with the environment/region and train for what is topical; the transition to a circular economy.

Purpose of the project.
In this project we form and facilitate an interdisciplinary collaboration of people from vocational education, local governments, and business. A mix of knowledge and expertise could provide a number of things for vocational education (and training) and stakeholders (including future ones) regarding training for a transition to a circular economy, namely:

  • Knowledge and understanding of current developments in the region regarding circular initiatives and organizations.
  • Understanding what competencies are needed to seek and engage in collaboration.
  • A recognizable place for schools/training and partners where vocational education and circular expertise and knowledge come together. Images on possible forms to build a structural bridge between education and (circular) environment.
  • Action perspective to innovate education for circular transition.

The project consists of three phases:

  1. Approach relevant stakeholders who want to consider together the possibilities on cooperation to structurally connect (preparatory) vocational education to the circular labor market.
  2. Using individual interviews to retrieve the questions that are of concern to consortium partners in their contribution to training for a circular economy.
  3. Organizing 3 half-day meetings based on participants' questions, focusing on connection; prioritization; and preparing a pilot.
  4. Developing a roadmap for a pilot (hands-on project), after which participants will work together on this project.

Want to know more?
Want to know more about this project? Then please contact Guido Bastiaans from O3-Effect.

Join Sustainability Skills!
Below we tell you how to join the program.

  • Would your organization like to join one of the existing regional collaborations (Friesland; Flevoland; Utrecht; South Holland; Rotterdam)? If so, please contact Daan de Kruijf at
  • Does your initiative connect education, business, government and researchers at the regional level? And would you like to join the program to develop and/or grow this initiative? We would like to get to know you better. Fill in this questionnaire and we will contact you within 7 business days!
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