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FAQ - For Employers

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to participate in Jobbsprånget. Below we have gathered frequently asked questions from employers. Do not hesitate to contact us if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for.

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About Jobbsprånget

Jobbsprånget is a four-month internship (in Swedish “praktik”) programme. The purpose of the internship is to speed up the introduction to the Swedish labour market and to give candidates a chance to show their potential by actively matching employers with foreign-born academics. 150 employers participate in 50 different locations all over 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 foreign-born 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 foreign-born with a university degree in the programme’s target groups during the years 2017–2019.

All employers are welcome – small, large, private and public sector. You can find a selection of participating employers here
We are here. All employers are welcome. If you are the first in your area, maybe others will follow suit!
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.
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, Akavia, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists and Architects Sweden.
The programme is financed by the Wallenberg Foundations and the Swedish government, administered by Tillväxtverket.
Jobbsprånget works in cooperation with the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, Architects Sweden, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists and Jusek.

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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.

Offering an internship

The program receives applications from many different academic background and nationalities.

It depends on your company/organisation. We have employers that take 30 interns and employers that take between 1 to 3. The number of interns needs to be proportionated to the number of employees. This is because Arbetsförmedlingen needs to assure the quality of supervision during the internship. 

Yes, as long as you have appropriate assignments for an engineer, architect, scientist or economist.
Jobbsprånget is aimed at candidates who are registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).
We communicate with the candidates directly and through Arbetsförmedlingen. The candidates apply through our application portal.
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.

Yes, through Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service). Please note that the insurance cover from Arbetsförmedlingen is limited when participating remotely. The intern will be informed by Arbetsförmedlingen that they should review their insurance cover and consider taking out private accident insurance.

No, the intern should inform Arbetsförmedlingen themselves. If you as an employer would like to know more about what your interns should do if they get sick, you can find information here.

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.

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.

Jobbsprånget invites employers and candidates to attend network meetings. For more information, please contact Jobbsprånget.
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 organization and the positions you are offering.
Information materials in Swedish and English are available here.
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

We have created video tutorials to help you as an employer to navigate the portal smoothly. Click here to watch the tutorials.

All of the applicants are presented in the Jobbsprånget application portal. For each candidate a color indicates whether or not they are 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: 

Blue = Eligibility has not yet been determined. 

Green = Candidate is eligible for an internship. 

Pink = Pink status” indicates incomplete or inaccurate visa information in the candidate’s Jobbsprånget profile. We need correct and complete documentation regarding the candidate’s visa, so Arbetsförmedlingen can assess their eligibility correctly. 

For temporary or permanent residence permits,  they need to upload their Migrationsverket visa decision letter. Ensure it shows their visa class (“beslutsklass”). This is the only necessary visa document. 

For ‘X’ visa class, the candidate needs to upload their original first visa decision letter too. ‘X’ signifies an extension, and Arbetsförmedlingen needs their initial visa type. 

For Swedish citizens, they need to provide a copy of their passport or citizenship document. If the candidates are EU-citizens born outside of Europe, they need to upload their European passports. Follow these steps to address “Pink status” promptly.

Orange = Further information is needed for the Public Employment Service to determine eligibility. 

Red = Candidate is not eligible for an internship. 

Check out this short video about candidate’s eligibility status. 

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

During the internship

A break in the internship for time off can be specified in the internship contract prepared by the Public Employment Service case worker, sometimes this goes though and sometimes not. 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.
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.
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.
Interns can receive compensation for travel to and from interviews. The intern should contact their case worker to apply for this compensation. Employers need to invite candidates to an interview in writing. This can then be presented when the candidate applies for compensation.
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.

Jobbsprånget does not administer a possible extension of the internship period. If you wish to extend, we recommend as a first step that you in dialogue with your candidate contact their local Arbetsförmedlingen office and ask what they need from you to file an extension request. It is usually a form to fill out, however as the different offices work slightly different we encourage you to reach out to them for more information as a first step. Here is the link to finding the right office. Please note the extension can at most be two additional months.

After the internship

Makes sure that you and your intern has gone through the mentor and programme guide throughout the internship. When the internship ends you should give the candidate a work certificate or a letter of reference outlining what your intern has done during the internship. A diploma template can be found on our website.

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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