The Labour market administration supports people to find gainful employment. Adult education, Swedish classes for immigrants and Jobbtorg Stockholm are all included in the Labour market administration. About 50,000 people in Stockholm take part in one of these activities every year.
Stockholm is the leading growth region in Sweden. The city is expanding and new people move in both from other parts of the country and from other parts of the world. Housing and new infrastructure are being planned and constructed to accommodate the needs of a growing city. These developments create new jobs on the already strong and dynamic labour market.
This brings along a compounded challenge. Employers are having difficulty finding the employees they need, while unemployment is relatively high. Therefore, measures are needed to reduce the long-term unemployment, as well as the need for further development of education in specific branches of trades and occupations.
The Labour market administration is concentrating on groups far removed from the labour market: young people, disabled, recently-arrived immigrants and those with short or no education. Adult education has a particularly crucial role when people lack the qualifications for secondary school or higher education and for meeting the need of labour in certain occupations on the labour market.
The objective of the Labour market administration is threefold:
• To support people to move from welfare to gainful employment
• To open doors to young people and newly arrived immigrants to increase their possibilities to find jobs
• To present opportunities for career-building, further education and for changing direction
The Labour market administration has around 750 employees. Charlotte Svensson is the Director of the Labour market administration. The core activities are divided into three departments:
• Adult education Stockholm
• Jobbtorg Stockholm
• SFI Stockholm
Adult education Stockholm is comprised of basic and upper secondary adult education, vocational education and adult education for the intellectually challenged. The department is also responsible for the local authority adult education programs and vocational training.
Jobbtorg Stockholm implements municipal activation policy programs for unemployed recipients of social assistance in the City of Stockholm. The department is also responsible for following up 16-19 year olds who dropped out from school and who don’t work.
SFI Stockholm offers Swedish for immigrants and civic education for newly arrived immigrants.
In 2013, the different activities reached about 47,000 people in Stockholm. About 6,600 people were clients of Jobbtorg Stockholm. 19,400 took part in Swedish for immigrants and over 21,000 in other types of adult education.