sharing skills to change lives.

As part of our commitment to provide expertise for a better society, we have a global partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to provide support to communities in countries that need it most.

voluntary service overseas.

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading development NGO that fights poverty through the knowledge and skills of volunteers. Randstad is VSO's global employability partner, supporting VSO's work to help marginalized people to access the labor market. This is achieved by giving our employees an opportunity to volunteer in VSO’s international projects that focus on employability. We also use our knowledge and expertise to help VSO become bigger and better at recruiting volunteers across the world.

The VSO-Randstad partnership is very valuable to us, because shaping the world of work does not end on our doorstep or at country borders. It is a great incentive for our employees to be able to go overseas on a VSO placement, share their knowledge with local communities, and bring back a wealth of learning and insights. Supporting VSO's recruitment processes to enable them to place more professionals as volunteers wherever they are needed, is very rewarding.”

Jacques van den Broek, CEO Randstad

projects we support.

Our partnership focuses on specific projects that align with our employees’ core skills and competencies and with Randstad’s own strategic focus, namely on employability. Currently most of Randstad's VSO volunteers support projects in East Africa, specifically Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. 

In 2019, our employees mainly supported various projects focusing on youth empowerment, employability and entrepreneurship. These projects help young people develop market-relevant skills, both hard skills like tailoring, carpentry or electromechanics and soft skills like networking, presentation or career skills that will prepare them for the labor market. Randstad employees mainly provide training of soft skills. 

volunteer stories.

“I’m working as a life skills advisor. My main activities include creating training material for these young women around empowerment and soft skills – then planning and delivering this training. I’m also responsible for building the capacity of our partners to be able to deliver career guidance. The aim is that through training, these young people can gain the skills to become economically independent."

Veronica Conti, senior recruiter at Randstad Netherlands.

kilimanjaro challenge.

In 2019, 22 Randstad employees from around the world came together for an amazing challenge - tracking the Kilimanjaro in aid of VSO. Part of the challenge was to raise 5,000€ each for one of VSOs project - supporting young women into employment. In total, more than 150,000€ was raised by the participants. The donations will have a great impact on the project and will for example be used to provide vocational and life skills training to 200 marginalized youth, to provide start-up kits for setting up their own businesses, and get access to internships, coaching and job opportunities. 

interested in volunteering?

see vso volunteer jobs