Important apprentice positions for future jobs and growth

11 May, 2017
Carl Bennet & Lotta Naglitsch

Carl Bennet has received a good response to his idea of an innovative apprenticeship system. An agreement is now opening up for an exciting development and Kungsbacka is first to start in the Västra Götaland region. This autumn, they offer courses with internships –  also an important opportunity for companies in the region.

“There is a lot of interest, and apprentices from upper secondary school are a good way to access resources even for small and medium-sized businesses, especially in the life science area. Because cost is important, it can be a good way to increase the supply of skills at an efficient cost, “says Carl Bennet.

We meet with Carl Bennet together with Lotta Naglitsch, director of Skolverkets  Apprenticeship Center. After an ongoing dialogue during two years, they are a well-established team – a success recipe!

“I am impressed with the structure and foundation found at Skolverket,” says Carl Bennet.

“Since 2011, it has been included in Skolverket’s mission to increase attractiveness and bring school and working life together. It was therefore natural that I contacted Carl when I heard that he was passionate about these issues, says Lotta Naglitsch. “There are so many good students and companies who think this is fun!

The education gives access to university admission and compensation is paid according to a rising model. Since the state now contributes and finances 50% of the cost of the pilot project, the offer to companies is very beneficial. The student is in the workplace 3 days a week (and takes part of classes at school 2 days).

In addition to supervisor hours, the company costs for an apprentice is approximately 20,000 SEK the first year (approximately 70,000 SEK year 2 and 90,000 SEK year 3) and a total of approximately 180,000 SEK for three years. Another advantage is becoming a learning organization. Skolverket offers a web-based supervisor education and the experience is that many young people are happy to do things that come to use. The school is responsible for students completing the entire education (and reading the same courses as other students).

The debate in Sweden and abroad has been about becoming too “narrow” but in dialogue with the companies there is usually a solution, says Lotta Naglitsch. “This is interesting and important for Sweden. It’s important to encourage young people to test their interests and to aim for their interests, that’s how you become the best you can be, says Carl Bennet.

There is great hope for a major initiative already in 2018. The approximately 200 students participating through 16 schools around Sweden from 2017 will be followed, the pilot project will be evaluated both qualitatively and quantitatively.
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Text: Annika Åkervall