Retention of frontier workers

Vacature: "Retention of frontier workers in the Dutch-German border region"

Fontys Venlo and the Research Group Cross Border Business Development are looking for you!  There are approximately 50,000 frontier workers in the Dutch-German border region. The Dutch and German Public Employment Agencies are developing Cross-border employment services to facilitate matching of unemployed to available vacancies in the border region. But do they stay?

As part of a larger research project, we seek to understand the factors that play a role in the retention of frontier workers after they have been matched to a position on the other side of the border.  How long do they stay? Are there special measures in place to facilitate frontier workers? what factors play a role in matching success on the long run?  

A challenging Research Assignment

Are you interested in doing cross-border research into retention of frontier workers? And are you thinking of doing a master program in the near future, than this challenging research project may be the ideal step for you. The research question we would like to see answered is:

“What factors play a role in retention of frontier workers in the Dutch-German border region and what can employers do to successfully integrate and retain frontier workers?  

Are you interested in doing research and does this topic appeal to you, then please contact Vincent Pijnenburg ( for questions.  When you would like to apply you can send him your letter of motivation, CV and a one-page excerpt of a recent written work or research project.  

Participating in the day-to-day business

The Research Group ‘Cross-border Business Development’ supports students and businesses in exploring and exploiting the international opportunities our border region has to offer. By doing this we contribute to the attractiveness of this region for businesses and people. The Research Group is part of Fontys.

Fontys is an open organisation that welcomes proactive minds. You will be actively supported to get to know the team and the organisation. In addition, working for Fontys will allow you to get in touch with businesses and Business Clubs in the euregion. You will be assigned concrete tasks and responsibilities in the field of e.g. eventmanagement or marketing. Of course, you will have plenty of opportunity to work on your graduation assignment.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a proactive student with strong communication skills. As we are working in the Dutch-German border region a good working knowledge of both Dutch and German is required. Preferably one of these on C2 or native level. In addition, you should have good analytical skills and are quality driven.

What’s on offer?
We offer an attractive internship in a Dutch-German team with a competitive remuneration.