It’s not always easy to recruit jobseekers from the comfort and familiarity of their own country to go and work in the chilly climate of the Arctic Circle. But EURES rose to the challenge when a Finnish company needed chambermaids to work the ski season in Lapland, Finland.
Help was on hand when Jari Tuominen, business manager of the N-Clean Oy cleaning service, attended the sixth European Jobs Fair in Rzeszόw, Poland, last year. He says the practical arrangements at the fair could not have been better: EURES Advisers in both Finland and Poland helped with travel and accommodation arrangements and gave guidance throughout the event.
The jobs fairs and the job openings of participating employers were widely advertised, so there were many jobseekers in attendance and eager to speak with companies. Jari was especially pleased to have access to an interpreter who stayed at his stand throughout the whole event.
N-Clean’s goal for the trip was to recruit chambermaids to work at a ski resort in northern Finland’s Lapland region. According to the employer, several suitable candidates were found. Four of them were chosen and two subsequently started working for N-Clean. “Our wish was that all four would have started working, but moving to cold Lapland may have been too exotic a thought,” Jari jokes.
N-Clean’s experience of the Polish recruits has been very positive. With the help of thorough orientation, work has been done well, says Jari. Not even the language skills have been a problem because the employer has many foreign employees and English is used every day.
Jari recommends EURES services because mobility from one country to another is increasing, especially in the services sector. “EURES services are built on a real need,” he says. “Based on my own experience, EURES services are very professional and function well.”
Helena Sommarberg, a EURES Adviser in Finland, was delighted about the collaboration with N-Clean, but feels even more can be done in future. “EURES is a very useful tool for employers looking to recruit staff from abroad,” she remarks. “But we have to put more and more effort into advertising our EURES services to employers. Of course, lots has already been done but there’s lots more work yet to be done.”