Firda partners with iO for development of new digital platform

Firda, the organisation that came from the merger of ROC Friese Poort and Friesland College, has entrusted the development and management of its platform to iO.

A merger with impact

ROC Friese Poort and Friesland College offer secondary vocational education in the North of the Netherlands. The two educational institutions will join forces to form a resilient, future-proof organisation. With around 25,000 students and almost 3,000 employees, Firda will be the second-largest regional training centre in the Netherlands.

Digital accessibility is a priority for the new Firda website so the WCAG standards will be central to the design, development, construction, and management of the website.

Drupal - the engine of the new website

The new Firda website will launch on August 1st 2023 and will be built in Drupal, an open-source, scalable CMS. Thanks to its extensive community, Drupal offers consistently relevant methods for developers to tackle complex projects in a personal way.

"With more than 130 Drupal experts, iO is the perfect partner to approach this project. Seeing and experiencing the Drupal projects that iO has already realised made our choice a lot easier," says Jan-Willem de Vries, Project lead website a.i. of ROC Friese Poort.

About Firda

From 1 August 2023, ROC Friese Poort and Friesland College will be Firda, a new ROC that offers MBO level education in Friesland and Northern Flevoland. 

About iO

iO is a growing team of experts, providing end-to-end services for communication and digital transformation. Thinking global, working locally. From strategy, creation and content, marketing, and technology, iO works with clients to build their brands, improve digital systems, and encourage future-proof growth.



Roel Van Aelst

Roel Van Aelst

Marketing & Communication Director, iO




About iO

iO is a blended agency. We bring together talent in marketing, technology, content, strategy, and creativity. With our belief that "experience is everything," we help our clients provide their target audience with rich and relevant brand experiences. Our track record includes helping strong brands such as Audi, Brussels Aiport, Efteling, Eneco, Fiberklaar, and Worldline grow.

Established in 2005, iO operates locally and internationally, serving companies, organisations, and governments from our campuses in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Bulgaria.