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Trainee positions at Uppsala University

Trainee positions for newly arrived – and individuals with disabilities


The Swedish government has entrusted its agencies and institutions with providing trainee positions for newly arrived jobseekers in 2016-2018. The positions target newly arrived individuals with residence permits that are registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service.

The trainee positions are intended to help newly arrived individuals improve their Swedish skills, form social networks, and gain insight into government work. The initiative may be combined with other measures such as Swedish language training for immigrants.

According to the government, Swedish agencies have a capacity of 1,000 newly arrived individuals per year. For Uppsala University, this means that we are to provide approximately 30 trainee positions per year.

Trainee positions for individuals with disabilities
The government has also tasked its agencies with providing trainee positions for individuals with reduced capacity to work in 2016-2018. The trainee positions for disabled individuals aim to provide the trainees with experience working in government agencies. Similar initiatives were undertaken between 2012 and 2015. During this period, government agencies offered 500 trainee positions for individuals with disabilities in total.

The trainee programmes were launched on 1 April 2016 and extend over a three-year-period.

  • The Swedish Public Employment Service – has been tasked with coordinating government trainee programmes for newly arrived jobseekers and individuals with disabilities. The Swedish Public Employment Service matches trainees with government agencies based on the trainee positions offered by the institution in question.
  • The Swedish Agency for Government Employees shall provide such information, advisory input and training as the government agencies require in regards to employer issues, as decided by the government.
  • The Swedish Agency for Public Management will follow up the number of trainee positions and the government agencies efforts to facilitate trainee activities. The government agencies shall report to the Swedish Agency for Public Management on the implementation of the programme and its results in accordance with instructions from the Swedish Agency for Public Management on 1 October 2016, 1 April 2017, 1 April 2018 and 15 January 2019 at the latest.
  • Uppsala University is part of the trainee initiative, and in order it to be successfully implemented, both the support functions and the core parts of the University must be engaged in the reception of the trainees.