In the introduction programme you can take part in various activities that help you learn Swedish and find a job. You can see some examples of activities here.
Swedish for Immigrants
On the Swedish for Immigrants course (sfi) you learn the basics of the Swedish language.
Swedish for Immigrants (sfi) is a language course for people who are over 16 and do not have basic skills in Swedish. You learn to speak, read and write in Swedish and practise using the language in everyday and working life. The course is arranged by your municipality and is offered at different levels in order to suit everybody.
About the Swedish society
The introduction programme contains a social orientation course. Its purpose is to make it easier for you to participate in Swedish society.
This activity gives you some insight into how Swedish working life and social life work.
Among other things you learn more about
- human rights and basic democratic values
- your rights and obligations
- what it’s like to live and work in Sweden
- what it’s like to have a family and live with children in Sweden.
Education at different levels
If you need to develop or build on your skills, there are several courses and programmes you can take. These might be preparatory courses, studies at university or other higher education or vocational courses.
You can study at college or university, on a qualified professional training programme or on a higher vocational education programme within the framework of the introduction programme. You apply for the studies yourself but it is important that we approve the studies before you begin. Here are some websites where you can find ideas for courses and programmes:
Komvux is a school where adults can learn the same things as in 9-year compulsory school and upper secondary school. At Komvux you can also study short vocational programmes. The aim of such education is for you to either gain the skills and knowledge you need for a certain profession or be able to go on to further studies, for example at university. Komvux is arranged by the municipality.
A labour market training programme is a short vocational training programme for occupations where there is a shortage of trained people. The goal of the training programme is to give you a better chance of finding work in a specific industry. Exactly what kind of training is relevant at any given time depends on labour market conditions and where people are needed.
Before you begin labour market training, some kind of preparatory activities may be needed, for example participating in preparatory training or take a work experience placement to try out the profession.
If you do not have final grades from upper secondary school but would like to study at university in the future, you can prepare yourself with a study-motivating course at a folk high school. The goal is for you to be able to begin studies at upper secondary school or continue studies that you began earlier. The course contains civics, English, Swedish and mathematics. You can also train your study techniques.
Find a job
To increase your chances of finding work, you can take a work experience place. A work experience placement allows you to try out a new profession or have your professional skills assessed. This also gives you the opportunity to forge new contacts with employers and colleagues. If you are not sure what profession is right for you, you can get an introduction in the form of guidance, study visits or trying out a job.
The goal of a job experience training is to increase your chances of finding a job. A job experience trainingcan also be a good idea if you are not sure what you would like to and can work with or study. A job experience training allows you to try out a new profession or have your professional skills assessed. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new employers and colleagues.
While you are on a job experience training you get help from a supervisor and afterwards you get a certificate from the employer.
Do you have experience of a profession but have no certificates? If this is the case, we can help you have your skills assessed. The assessment consists of both theoretical and practical tests in what we call a validation.
Together we assess your knowledge and skills to decide if validation is needed. When the validation is complete, you receive a certificate as proof of your skills.
If you have education in a country other than Sweden, you send in your translated grades and certificates to Universitets- och högskolerådet for assessment.
When you are looking for work on your own, we help you with advice and follow-ups. We tell you about recruitment meetings that are suitable for you.
When you take part in introduction programme, an employer can be paid to employ you.
Start your own business
If you want to start a company, you can receive introduction benefit during the initial period that you work in your company. You can for example get help with different kinds of counselling. Remember that we first need to go through your business plan and assess your possibilities to succeed with your company.
If you want to start a company, you can receive introduction benefit during the initial period that you work in your company. You can for example get help through information meetings, counselling and start-up courses.
First you need to draw up a business plan. We go through your business plan and assess your possibilities to run your company profitably. You also need to apply for an “F-skattsedel” from Skatteverket. Remember that you are not allowed to begin any work in your company before you have a decision from us that you allowed to take part in the activity.
You can get help and support from several different organisations. Here are two examples:
Let us know if you have a health issue or disability that affects your ability to take part in the activities. We will then together with you look at what assistance you need to be able to take part in the activities.
If you need individually adapted measures, you can get support from Arbetsförmedlingen. You can get both useful tools that help you when you are looking for work and help to come in contact with employers.
If you are not sure what profession or industry is right for you, you can take part in an introduction to working. You can for example get guidance, opportunities to make study visits or try out a job with a real employer.
Here are examples of different situations that may affect your ability to work or study:
- If you have problems with your vision, for example difficulty recognizing people from a distance or reading small print.
- If you have problems with your hearing, for example difficulty hearing conversations or hear disturbing noises and sounds in your ears.
- If you feel uncomfortable, for example experience stress, depression or sleeping problems, or have difficulty concentrating, remembering or learning.
- If you have pain in your body that makes it difficult for you to sit, stand, walk or use your arms and hands.
- If you have difficulties in the family, for example addiction, sick relatives or experience domestic violence.