In Sweden, the long-term unemployed are being helped to develop the new skills they want to get into the job market
Individually tailored training for participants in the ESF co-funded ‘UMA’ project in the town of Kristinehamn has given 200 long-term unemployed people a second chance. Participants are offered the opportunity to acquire a variety of skills depending on their wishes and what they are good at – anything is possible from getting a taxi licence to starting a new business. One example is a former navy officer who retrained in computer-aided design programming. Since many of the participants in the successful three-year project have gone on to get jobs, the organisers are hoping to spread the concept to other Swedish regions.