IVA’s project Jobbsprånget has been open to applicants since the portal was launched on 1 August. Asylum seekers and university graduates arriving in Sweden can apply during a one-month period for an internship somewhere in Sweden with an employer who is looking for qualified expertise.
From Umeå in the north to Mörrum in the south, employers are looking for engineers, economists and scientists. Participation in the Jobbsprånget project is a means of solving a talent shortage problem for these employers. The participants include Akzo Nobel, H&M, SCA, Atlas Copco, Nordnet, Peab and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Both public and private sector employers are taking part.
Jobbsprånget is an internship programme for new arrivals and asylum seekers with a higher education. It was initiated in 2015 as a pilot project by the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, Pacta and IVA, which is also managing the project. Jobbsprånget is working closely with both the Swedish Migration Agency and Sweden’s public employment service (Arbetsförmedlingen) to offer internships to people who are registered with both agencies. A national campaign during the summer aimed at this target group has had successful results.