Q&A

General

What is Jobbsprånget?

Jobbsprånget is a four-month internship programme run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). The purpose of the programme is to speed up the introduction to the Swedish labour market and to give candidates a chance to show their potential. 150 employers participate in 50 different locations all over Sweden.

Who are the candidates?

Jobbsprånget is intended for engineers, architects, scientists and economists. Most of the candidates in Jobbsprånget during 2016/2017 were born in the 1980s and come from Syria or Iraq.

What is IVA?

Jobbsprånget is run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) www.iva.se

Which employers do you focus on?

All employers are welcome – small, large, private and public sector. You can find a selection of participating employers here www.jobbspranget.se

When is the application period?

Jobbsprånget has two application periods: 16 July – 16 August and 16 December – 16 January.

How many newcomer academics are there in Sweden?

According to information from the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) there are around 8,500 engineers, architects, scientists and economists registered under its Introduction Programme (June 2017).

As the number of newcomers registered in the Introduction Programme will increase from just over 60,000 to 90,000, i.e. a 50-percent increase, the Jobbsprånget target group is expected to increase from 8,500 to around 12,000 individuals. The combined data shows that there will be between 8,000 and 12,000 newcomers with a university degree in the programme’s target groups during the years 2017–2019.

Can asylum seekers be interns?

Jobbsprånget is aimed at candidates who are registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

 

Being an intern

When is the application period?

Jobbsprånget has two application periods: 16 July – 16 August and 16 December – 16 January.

Is it possible to register outside the internship period?

You can register an account at any time at www.jobbsprånget.se. You can apply for an internship from 16 July to 16 August and from 16 December to 16 January.

Can I change or upload a new CV once the portal is closed?

No, you can make changes to your profile when the application portal is open for applications (16 July – 16 August) for the autumn internship and 16 December – 16 January for the spring internship).

Do I get paid?

No intern salary or other form of salary is paid during the internship. The candidates receive monthly compensation from the Public Employment Service (so-called introduction benefit or activity support).

Does Jobbsprånget help with accommodation?

Neither Jobbsprånget nor the participating organisations are able to arrange accommodation during the internship. The Public Employment Service may compensate the candidate for travel expenses during the interview process.

Do I need to be able to speak Swedish to apply?

The programme language is English and the internship is supervised and carried out in English. “Internship time in English, break time in Swedish,” is how we like to put it.

How many years do I need to have studied at university?

To apply for Jobbsprånget you need to have a university degree (at least three years) in engineering, architecture, science or economics.

Do my qualifications/grades/certificates need to be validated?

No.

Which employers are participating?

Here is a selection of participating employers. In the portal there is a presentation of all employers seeking interns in the ongoing recruitment period.

Can I get help with my CV?

Here are tips on how to write a CV.

How do I attach a CV to my application?

You can upload your CV in the Jobbsprånget application portal under the tab “Edit CV.”

Should my CV be in Swedish or English?

Your CV and cover letter must be in English.

I don’t know the name of my case worker.

Contact your local branch of the Public Employment Service and ask who your case worker is.

How will I be paid during my internship?

No intern salary or other salary is paid by the employer during the internship. You will continue to receive your monthly benefits from Arbetsförmedlingen (introduction benefit or activity support).

Can I apply to multiple employers? Is there a maximum?

You are welcome to apply to any employers seeking your skills or expertise. There is no limit to the number of applications you may make.

Will the employer see that I have applied to several different internships?

No.

When will I be notified if I’ve been accepted or not?

The employer arranges its own recruitment process. The majority of the participating organisations will initiate the recruitment process after 16 August/16 January. Please check your email and/or voicemail messages on a regular basis in case you are called for an interview by an employer. All communication will come directly from the company/organisation, not from Jobbsprånget. Jobbsprånget will, however, email you when all internships have been finalised.

Can an internship be cut short?

The internship can be cut short if any of the parties involved (intern, employer, case worker at the Public Employment Service) so desires. There is no required period of notice to end an internship. It instead takes place when the parties involved have discussed it and reached an agreement.

Can an internship be extended?

Jobbsprånget cannot extend the internship period. If an employer or intern wants to extend the internship, this is a matter for discussion between the employer, the intern and the case worker. Jobbsprånget is happy to help by referring the intern and employer to the relevant case worker.

What happens if I’m offered a job?

Congratulations! Contact Jobbsprånget and we will facilitate your communication with the parties involved (the employer and case worker at Arbetsförmedlingen) so that your internship can be terminated.

Can I attend interviews during the internship?

We actively encourage interns to look for a job during their internship. Have a transparent and open dialogue about your job searching activity with your employer and case worker.

 

Offering an internship/employers

Who are the candidates?

Jobbsprånget is intended for engineers, architects, scientists and economists. Most of the candidates in Jobbsprånget during 2016/2017 were born in the 1980s and come from Syria or Iraq.

Is there any limit to the number of interns?

No, we have employers that takes 30 interns and employers that takes one-three.

In which locations does Jobbsprånget exist? Can we participate even if our location is not on the map? 

We are here. All employers are welcome. If you are the first in your area, maybe others will follow suit!

Why should an organisation participate in Jobbsprånget?

Jobbsprånget is a nationwide internship programme that provides employers with an easy way to make use of the skills and experience of  newcomer academics who have recently arrived in Sweden. Using our solid experience of running intership programs between talent and employers, we find ways to match your talent needs with relevant candidates who are currently outside the job market.

Can anyone recruit an intern?

Yes, as long as you have appropriate assignments for an engineer, architect, scientist or economist.

Can asylum seekers be interns?

Jobbsprånget is aimed at candidates who are registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

How do you coordinate the programme with the Public Employment Service?

In July 2016 IVA signed a declaration of intent with the Swedish Public Employment Service regarding Jobbsprånget. There are also national guidelines for approval of internships produced by the unions relevant to Jobbsprånget, i.e. the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, Jusek, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists and Architects Sweden.

How do you find your candidates?

We communicate with the candidates directly and through Arbetsförmedlingen. The candidates apply through our application portal.

What contact does Jobbsprånget have with interns during the internship period?

During the internship period interns are invited to attend a network meeting with other Jobbsprånget interns. Before the start of the internship the intern is given an introduction kit which presents the structure of the internship and contains contact details for future communication.

How is the programme funded?

The Wallenberg Foundation funds the programme.

What do the unions think about it?

Jobbsprånget works in cooperation with the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, Architects Sweden, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists and Jusek.

What types of employers can participate?

All employers are welcome – small, large, private and public sector. You can find a selection of participating employers here www.jobbspranget.se

How do I register for Jobbsprånget?

Would your organisation like to participate in Jobbsprånget? Contact eva.glaumann@iva.se

What does it cost to participate?

There is no charge to participate in the Jobbsprånget programme. As an employer you provide support in the form of intern supervision. The Public Employment Service pays compensation to the interns.

Is the intern insured?

Yes, through the Swedish Public Employment Service.

Can we require the candidate to be proficient in both Swedish and English?

The Jobbsprånget programme language is English. All communication, marketing and correspondence with the candidates is in English. As an employer you cannot stipulate Swedish as a prerequisite to participate in Jobbsprånget.

What support do you provide to supervisors?

Before the start of each internship period we arrange supervisor meetings for participating supervisors. At these meetings the Jobbsprånget programme is presented and, in a workshop format, we go through important considerations before and during the internship period.You can find more information here.

Are there opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange with other employers?

Jobbsprånget invites employers and candidates to attend network meetings. For more information, please contact Jobbsprånget.

Can we perform security and drug tests in connection with the recruitment process?

You conduct the recruitment process in line with your normal routines and based on what you agree on with your candidates. If you wish to subject applicants to specific tests, this should be communicated in the application portal in the recruitment announcement where you describe your organisation and the positions you are offering.

Is there any information about the programme that I can distribute within my organisation?

Information materials in Swedish and English are available here.

It is possible to combine Jobbsprånget with other programmes, such as the “100 club” and “Fast Track”?

Yes! It is not a problem to combine a Jobbsprånget internship with other programmes. For example, as an internship provider, Jobbsprånget is already part of “Praktik i staten” (public sector work experience programme).

 

Before and during the recruitment process

What should a vacancy announcement look like? Can I see an example?

You can find an example here:

How do I know which candidates I can contact for recruitment?

All of the applicants are presented in the Jobbsprånget application portal. For each candidate a colour indicates whether or not he/she is eligible for an internship. In order to be a Jobbsprånget intern the candidate must be registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service and eligible for an internship. This is indicated in the portal by the following colour codes: White = Eligibility has not yet been determined. Green = Candidate is eligible for an internship. Yellow = Further information is needed from the Public Employment Service to determine eligibility. Red = Candidate is not eligible for an internship.

When will recruitment start? Do we need to act fast?

Recruitment of candidates begins no later than 17 August for the autumn internships and 17 January for the spring internships. Some candidates will be attractive and will therefore be suitable for several different internships. It is therefore a good idea to act fast.

Can an internship be combined with an SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) course?

Jobbsprånget’s basic offering is a full-time internship. If the parties in the arrangement – employer, candidate and case worker – agree on the candidate combining the internship with an SFI course, this is of course allowed.

How do the validation tests work?

Qualifications do not need to be validated according to the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). When candidates apply to Jobbsprånget, we ask them to conduct an English language test as well as logical and numerical reasoning tests. The results are published in the application portal on the candidate’s profile page.

Can asylum seekers be interns?

Jobbsprånget is aimed at candidates who are registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Is a permanent residence permit required in order to be an intern?

Jobbsprånget is aimed at candidates who are registered with the Public Employment Service regardless of which type of residence permit they hold (temporary or permanent). Candidates with student visas are not allowed to apply for or take part in an internship through Jobbsprånget.

How come some people have temporary residence permits and others have permanent ones?

A new law went into effect on 20 July 2016 (Act on Temporary Limits to the Possibility of Receiving Residency Permits in Sweden). This law remains in effect until 19 July 2019.

Can an intern be a Swedish citizen?

Yes, a candidate who applies and takes part in an internship through Jobbsprånget can be a Swedish citizen.

 

During the internship

What happens if the intern wants to take time off?

A break in the internship for time off can be specified in the internship contract prepared by the Public Employment Service case worker. If the intern wishes to have an extended period of leave during the internship, the internship contract must be terminated and a new internship decision made. The new contract will go into effect after the end of the extended leave.

Can we provide lunch?

Employers are permitted to provide lunch to the interns. If the employer provides lunch, this is considered a benefit for the intern. Since the employer is the issuer of the benefit, the employer must account for this in the form of a statement of income.

Can we pay for travel?

The employer may pay the intern for travel to and from the internship. If the employer pays travel expenses, this is considered a benefit for the intern. Since the employer is the issuer of the benefit, the employer must account for this in the form of a statement of income.

 Is it possible to be compensated for the cost of travelling to interviews and commuting to an internship in another location?

Interns can receive compensation for travel to and from interviews. The intern should contact his/her case worker to apply for this compensation. Employers need to invite candidates to an interview in writing (letter by post). The letter can then be presented when the candidate applies for compensation.

 

After the internship

What is the procedure and what is required to employ an intern?

If you want to employ an intern during/after an internship, you are welcome to contact Jobbsprånget and we will provide support in consultation with the intern’s case worker at the Public Employment Service. If you wish to discuss the possibility of and procedure for applying for a New Start Job (Nystartsjobb), Jobbsprånget can help you with this as well.

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