Featured Initiatives

The Switch

Zaandam, the Netherlands

Project meta data

  • Theme

    Employment prospects improvement
  • Our role

    • Loan

    • Support from experts on governance and impact

    • Group training by leadership and sales strategy experts

    • Opportunity to take certified courses

  • Period

    3 years
  • Contact


Although qualified solar panel installers are critical to the success of the energy transition, the solar industry, like many others, is facing a labour shortage. The Switch intends to address this issue by providing refugees in the Netherlands with training and employment opportunities. By installing solar panels as part of a team, they can earn a fair and stable income, expand their social networks and gain confidence, helping them make a new start in the Netherlands. Wouter, Tjebbe and Federico, the company’s founders, previously launched the successful social enterprise Hack your Future, which plays a similar role in the IT sector.