Job Guarantee Programme for Young People
The Job Guarantee Programme for Young People is a programme for young people under the age of 25. You can get help with things like applying for jobs, work experience or educational and vocational guidance. The goal is for you to find a job or start studying as quickly as possible.
It is a programme that consists of individually designed measures and support, combined with you actively looking for work. The goal is for you to find a job or start studying as quickly as possible.
You can participate in the Youth Job Programme if you are 16–24 years old, unemployed and registered with us. You also need to meet one of the following criteria:
- You have been unemployed full time for at least 90 days in the past four months.
- You are entitled to compensation from unemployment insurance and have been unemployed or had a part-time job or been employed by the hour for 90 days in the past four months.
- You have participated in the integration programme for the maximum period but are still unemployed.
- You have been given a custodial sentence and granted temporary release from prison or have been released on parole but have not completed one year of the parole period.
If you have a company, you are not considered unemployed and cannot participate in the programme. This is the case regardless of the extent of your entrepreneurship.
How it works
You and an employment officer plan which measures are best suited to you in order for you to find a job or begin studying as quickly as possible. It is possible for you to get support from an interpreter if needed. Here are some examples of activities:
- work experience
- occupational rehabilitation
- educational and vocational guidance
- support and advice if you are considering starting your own business
We monitor your progress and give you the support you need.
If you have turned 20 years old and been unemployed for at least six months, it is also possible for an employer to employ you in a new start job.
People who have a disease or disability can get additional support
If your health or disability affects your ability to participate in the programme activities, we want you to tell us. We then investigate, together with you, what support you need in order to get involved in the activities.
Extent of the programme
The programme is normally full time. If you are not able to work full time due to a disease or disability, it is possible to participate in the programme on a part-time basis. You can also participate in the Youth Job Programme part time if you:
- are part-time unemployed and are receiving compensation from unemployment insurance
- are on part-time parental leave
- have turned 20 years old and are studying part time in municipal adult education
- are studying SFI part time.
It is not possible to take holidays while participating in the Youth Job
Programme, but we are able to give you up to three days off in special cases.
Compensation and conditions
When participating in a programme you can apply for compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. You can read here about how to apply for compensation and what applies when you are registered with Arbetsförmedlingen and participating in one of our programmes.
What is expected of you
Participation in the programme is voluntary but if you are receiving financial compensation from unemployment insurance, you may lose your compensation if you say no to the programme. When participating in the programme you must be active and adhere to the plan we agree upon.
While you are involved in the programme, you need to participate in activities that we plan together with you. You need to be active and apply for jobs if we have not agreed otherwise, and you are expected to accept any jobs you are offered. You need to do this not only in order to try and sort out your situation, but also so as not to affect your compensation from the Social Insurance Agency.
You also need to inform us of any changes, for example if you start working or studying.
You have to submit an activity report every month. This is important in order for you to be given the right support on your path to work or education, and so as not to affect your compensation from the Social Insurance Agency.
If you get ill
If you get ill, you need to notify us on the first day you are ill, otherwise you lose your compensation for the entire period you are ill. If you are ill for a long time, we try to adapt the content of your programme to enable you to still take part. You are signed off the programme if you are ill full time for more than 30 days and the programme cannot be adapted.
If you are looking after a sick child
If you need to be at home to look after a child, you have to notify us of this.
Length of the programme
You can participate in the Youth Job Programme part time until you
- start working or studying full time outside of the Youth Job Programme
- start taking full-time parental leave
- fall ill on a full-time basis for more than one month and the programme cannot be adapted
- fulfil a new condition for obtaining unemployment insurance.
You can participate in the programme for a maximum of 15 months. If you have not found a job or started studying within 15 months, you are instead able to get further support as part of the Job and Development Programme.
Potential to return to the programme
You can return to the programme if you have been on sick leave, parental leave or have been studying. However, you must not have been away for more than twelve months. If you have worked or been unemployed, you can return to the programme if you are not entitled to unemployment insurance again.
If Arbetsförmedlingen terminates your programme
Arbetsförmedlingen is able to withdraw your programme and this means that it is terminated and that you are no longer entitled to participate in the programme. You may lose your entitlement to participate in the programme if you are non-compliant or disrupt the activities. There are also specific reasons that allow Arbetsförmedlingen to withdraw your programme, for example if you are no longer able or willing to participate in the programme.
Once your programme has been terminated
If your programme has been terminated by being withdrawn, it may be possible to participate in the programme again. If your programme has been withdrawn because you are non-compliant, you can participate again after a qualifying period of 45 days. The qualifying period is the number of days you would have been able to receive compensation if you had remained in the programme.
In which case, you need to remain registered as a jobseeker. If you choose to deregister from Arbetsförmedlingen on the same day as your programme is terminated, you must register as a jobseeker within 60 days in order for the qualifying period to be counted.
You need to contact Arbetsförmedlingen yourself at the end of the 45-day qualifying period.