The business community needs to recruit highly trained staff with work experience. Nevertheless, thousands of qualified people are excluded from the Swedish Labour market. Job at last is an initiative from Swedbank together with the Employment Agency to make it easier for foreign-born, job-seeking graduates to get access to relevant employers.
There are 375,000 foreign-born graduates living in Sweden and the number increases with between 4,500 to 10,000, yearly. Most people with higher education are found in the economic and technology industry. Today, some 65,000 foreign-born academics are unemployed in Sweden. Few of them who actually have a job, do not work in the area they are trained and suitable for.
Job at last – an important recruitment channel
Large retirement returns implies that we will need a wider recruitment base in the long term, but we need to start today. We believe that one of the most important success factors for Sweden and for us as a company is to increase employment in the groups who today are outside the Labour market.
Job at last has opened doors for us at Swedbank to meet new potential employees, who with their network of contacts and experiences will give us new business opportunities. When we share this experience with our corporate customers, we can also help them to ensure a long-term relevant competence supply in their operations. In addition, it is a simple and natural contribution to integration and diversity.
We know by our interns that vocational language development is the most positive and important aspect of doing internships. But many also mean that they have learned about the norms in Swedish society through the customer contact. For many, it is the first time they feel welcomed and accepted into Swedish society.