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The Eduployment Program

If you are an EU-resident and already have your nursing degree, this program is meant for you.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions after reading this page.

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Step 1: Introduction

As a nurse, you know it’s essential to understand what the client says and needs. Because you’re going to work in the Netherlands you need to learn the Dutch language. Mastering a new language can be difficult. Therefore we’ll explore this together in a free beginners course and introductory period in the Netherlands.

First you learn the 2400 most important words (/word forms) you need to express yourself in Dutch. You’ll experience what it’s like to learn a new language together with your colleagues on an intensive course. We pay for the teacher, the classroom and any support. You only pay for the study app on your phone or tablet.

Once you passed the beginners course, we want you to come to the Netherlands for 3 months. The goal is to become acquainted with the Pleyade organisation, colleagues and residents. You’ll work together with your future co-workers and perform ADL-care (Activities of Daily Living). This work won’t be for nothing. After taking off the rent for your accommodation in the Netherlands you’ll keep approximately € 3,000 net. Besides, you’ll have time left to explore the Netherlands, because you won’t work for more than 5 days in a row (36-40 hours a week).

Your experience during this introduction period will help you to figure out if continuing the application process would be the right decision. By signing the commitment to work at Pleyade you’ll proceed to the next step of the Eduployment program.


Step 2: Advanced Level Dutch (B1)

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In order to give you more confidence in performing your work, respect from your patients and to avoid misunderstandings (which can have serious impact in healthcare) you are going to master the Dutch language on a high level. Due to the level of responsibility required in the nursing profession, it is necessary to understand the client without any confusion. You are obliged according to the Dutch authorities to pass the state examination NT2 / program 1 (= equal to B1). Without passing the state examination you cannot apply for the BIG-registration and without this registration you cannot work as a nurse.

B1 level is the ability to express yourself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information (universal Dutch). B1 is a minimal requirement but in order to be able to professionally carry out your profession as a nurse But we understand that you want more. You want to communicate well with the care recipient and family but you may be thinking about the future too. We want you to feel confident enough with the language to be able to specialise further and to be accepted as a manager. Pleyade encourages that and want to help you with that. The follow-up language program is designed to teach you the language of care in addition to a good knowledge of the Dutch language. During your Pleyade B1++ course you study both intensively and exclusively towards the state examination.

During this period it’s possible to apply for an EU grant, which we can help you with. Depending on conditions at time of application, the grant is approximately € 1,500, excluding the language course contribution. Your contribution to the language course is equal to the grant you receive from EURES.

Step 3: Your career in the Netherlands begins

When you finish the language school you should be able to pass the state examination at once. The state examination is scheduled every 6 weeks. We will sign you up as soon as possible. Then you will receive the results after 6 weeks. When you pass the exam you can apply for the BIG-registration. Pleyade will support you in registering with the Dutch professional register which will enable you to work as a nurse. In order to complete this process please bring along. Meanwhile we help you to register at your place of residence (Arnhem). During this period of approximately 3 months you can work at Pleyade like you did on your introduction.

When you are registrated, Pleyade gives you the space and time needed to get used to working in the Netherlands. You don’t have to bear all the responsibilities of a nurse right away. In the first year, you’ll be accompanied by experienced colleagues, growing in your role as a nurse step by step. After you have achieved the learning goals which you agree on in the beginning, you are ready for the full responsibility of the nurse.

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Working towards full responsibility

The ultimate goal of the Eduployment program is to make you operate as a full responsible nurse in Dutch healthcare. As a full responsible nurse of Pleyade you know exactly what your clients and colleagues expect from you and you also know what to expect from them. You are a member of the team and ready to take on the full responsibility asked of the nursing profession. 

Pleyade’s nurses care for people, mainly the elderly, within an institution and at people’s homes. They are also involved in taking care for those who are returning to the nurse for convalescent care. In some cases, in addition to nursing, people also need care and guidance in the final phase of their lives.

As a Pleyade nurse, you will advise and train your caregivers. You are often called upon for specific nursing procedures that the caregiver is unable to perform, for example administering a drip. You recognize illnesses and changes in the state of patient health and take necessary action. 

You also offer team support in the physical care of patients, for example by brushing teeth or washing them. You also have an important social role, trying to establish trust with clients and providing intensive guidance to elderly people with psychological, psychogeriatric or social problems. 

Another important social function is maintaining contact with the caregivers – relatives / family members who care for the elderly. You do your work according to care plans, nursing diagnoses, and you compile reports. 

You also regularly consult with colleagues, team leaders and other professionals such as caregivers, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and (nursing home) doctors.

To accomplish all of the above our nurses have the following qualities: Professional knowledge

  • Flexibility
  • Collegiality
  • Emphatic abilities
  • Independency
  • A proactive attitude
  • Self-reflection
  • Dutch language skills (B1++)

Your contract at Pleyade

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You are hired and employed directly by Pleyade. There will be no temporary employment agency that takes profits from you.

With a direct contract of Pleyade you also have the guarantee that you fall under the Dutch collective employment agreement for Nursing, Care Centers and Home Care, also known as CAO-VVT. The collective employment agreement covers everyone who is working in nursing, care homes and in home care, and directly employed by the care center.

Pleyade treats her people thoughtfully. She valuates the balance between work, further training and private life. To maintain that balance it starts with financial security. That is why Pleyade gives you a contract based on fulltime, which means 36 hours a week with a maximum of 5 consecutive working days, after which at least 2 days off. Each year of experience is rewarded with an extra periodical, as the table below shows. 

When you finish the Eduployment program and your ambition is to work in care management, you may want to apply for participation in the Pleyade Management Talent Program. Or if you want to switch to a position in the hospital, psychiatry or first line care, Pleyade can also help you. There are multiple options for personal growth. Of course you can combine training with your work as a nurse at Pleyade.


  • Payment for at least 36 hours of work per week, if
    more, extra payment;
  • When working nights, on Sundays, public holidays and/or overtime you will receive an additional payment.
  • Paid annual holidays: approx. 7 weeks (33 business days), including compensation Dutch public holidays;
  • An annual holiday allowance paid out in May of 8% of
    the gross monthly salary and overtime received in the
    past 12 months;
  • An annual payment paid out in December of 7,4%3 of the gross monthly salary received in the past 12 months;
  • Participation in the Dutch national retirement fund,
    and employers’ contribution into the pension fund
    for people in health care (supplementary benefit in
    addition to the national retirement fund);
  • Reimbursement of all statutory compulsory training
    and refresher courses.

Payment irregular hours up to € 6.500,- gross a year extra on top of the basic salary: 

  • Additional salary when working at night, Sundays and public holidays. For working hours in the evening and in the weekend, you get paid extra above the basic salary. Evening hours during the week 22% (from 20:00 – 22:00pm) and 44% (from 22:00 – 07:00am).
  • Hours on Saturday 38% (from 06:00 – 08:00 am and from 12:00 – 22:00pm) and 49% (from 22:00 – 06:00am). Sunday hours 60% extra.

Payment fulltime 36 hours a week

Time in role
Salary scale
Reference number
Gross per month*
Net (in-hand) a year*)
1st year
FWG 40 / 0
€ 2.061,-
€ 21.781,-
2nd year
FWG 40 / 1
€ 2.201,-
€ 22.714,-
3rd year
FWG 40 / 2
€ 2.338,-
€ 23.631,-
4th year
FWG 40 / 3
€ 2.397,-
€ 24.056,-
5th year
FWG 40 / 4
€ 2.468,-
€ 24.480,-

* May be supplemented with additional duties indicated in ‘Pleyade nursing salaries’. Payment overtime and irregular hours up to € 6.500 gross a year on top of the basic salary.

Development posibilites:

At Pleyade there are multiple options for personal growth. 

  • Pleyade internal:
    • Specialist in geriatric nursing
    • Management roles
  • External (Pleyade care partnership):
    • Nurse in a general hospital
    • Nurse in a psychiatric hospital
    • Triage nurse with a general practitioner or doctor’s post
Data on this page is based on Dutch laws and regulations, as valid on 1 July 2018