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EURES job fair provides perfect European matching opportunities
Compared to some other EU Member States, Sweden has proved less vulnerable in the global financial crisis. In the past two years, an increasingly healthy economy has meant that certain sectors are struggling to fill job vacancies with qualified workers from their own country. Trefort AB, a construction company based in Stockholm, has found the ideal solution through a chance meeting at a EURES job fair in Hungary.
When Trefort co-founder Pär Johansson participated in the EURES job fair in Budapest, Hungary in October last year – following a recommendation from an adviser at the Swedish Public Employment Service – his intention was simply to find out more about the Hungarian job market and the needs of jobseekers. “We chose Budapest because we had come across a Hungarian construction company in Gotland in Sweden and were impressed by the quality of their work – particularly of the carpenters, whose skills and approach reflect the Swedish style”. Little did he know that, just a few months later, his clients would be asking specially for workers from Trefort’s team of more than 10 Hungarian carpenters.
“At the job fair, we were approached by a Hungarian recruitment agency that had the contacts and enthusiasm to source carpenters in Hungary keen to move abroad to work. It has proved to be a win-win situation,” explains Pär. Specialising in renting out teams of highly-skilled workers to some of the leading construction companies in Sweden, Trefort has found a perfect working methodology. “We put together small teams of Hungarian carpenters with a Swedish team leader. They communicate in English, which works well. It’s a good match and our clients are delighted with the results,” concludes Pär, who currently takes care of all administrative aspects linked to settling the carpenters in Sweden.
Since a need for qualified workers in Sweden persists, EURES in Sweden is actively targeting local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to continue promoting this successful model of job mobility. And Trefort is so pleased with the outcome of the collaboration forged at the Budapest job fair that Pär is thinking about broadening the company’s activities, seeking Hungarian workers with other manual skills to meet sectoral demands in the Swedish job market.