The Brussels regional employment office, Actiris, has launched its second consecutive campaign to encourage jobseekers to learn Dutch, and featuring national footballer Vincent Kompany. This year, the campaign includes a competition whose nine winners will get an opportunity to receive a private Dutch lesson from the Manchester United defender and his partner for the campaign, comedian Abdel en Vrai.
“I find it very important that after last year’s success, we’re going a bit further still,” Kompany said. “That’s why I’m happy that Abdel, who is active in the field, has come on board. I hope that, together, we shall encourage young jobseekers to learn Dutch through Actiris and increase their chances of landing a job.”
Job-hunting Brussels residents can go to the japprendsleflamandavecvincent website and do a test comprising six questions to determine the best option for learning the language of Vondel. This can take the form of language cheques or a proposal for an apprenticeship through the Flemish employment office, VDAB.
At the end of the test, the participants can register for the competition, which is open until Wednesday 7 November, and try and win a private class with Vincent Kompany.