Job and Development Guarantee programme

The Job and Development Guarantee programme is a programme for people who have been unemployed for a long time and need help to return to working life. We give you support to end your unemployment.

What is the Job and Development Guarantee programme?

It is a programme that consists of activities adapted to your needs in combination with you actively looking for work. The aim is for you to end your unemployment as quickly as possible.

Who can take part in the programme?

You can take part in the Job and Development Guarantee programme if you have been unemployed for a long time and are registered with us as a job-seeker. If for example your unemployment benefit is about to expire, it is common to be offered the programme. Or if you have taken part in the establishment programme or the Job Guarantee Programme for Young People for the maximum period but are still partly or fully unemployed.

What you can do in the programme

You and your employment officer together plan what activities suit you best to be able to find a job or begin studying as quickly as possible. Here are some examples of activities:

  • work experience placement
  • employment training
  • vocational rehabilitation
  • professional or vocational education at a folk high school
  • labour market training
  • help and guidance if you are considering starting your own business

We keep track of how things are progressing for you and give you the support you need.

The scope of the programme

The programme is normally full-time. If you are on part-time parental leave, or are not able to work full-time because of illness or a disability, it is possible for you to take part in the programme part-time.

Participation in the programme is naturally voluntary but if you join the programme you must be active and follow the plan that we have agreed on together.

If you have a health issue or a disability, you can get extra support

We need to know if you have a health issue or disability that affects your ability to take part in the programme’s activities. We will then together with you look at what assistance you need to be able to take part in the activities.

Support for you with a disability

Payment when you take part in the programme

When you take part in the Job and Development Guarantee programme, you can receive benefit from Försäkringskassan (The Swedish Social Insurance Agency). Once we have enrolled you in the programme, you can apply for introduction benefits from Försäkringskassan. To receive the benefit it is important that you follow the plan you have with us. This means that you need to take part in the activities we agree on.

Activity support and development allowance

Apply for benefit from Försäkringskassan

If you fall sick or need to stay at home to take care of a sick child

If you fall ill or need to stay at home to take care of a child, you need to notify us.

Report absence when you are sick

Report absence for care of a child (VAB)

Report your activities

You must submit an activity report every month. This is important for us to be able to give you the right support on your way to work or education and for you to receive your benefit from Försäkringskassan.

Activity report

Questions and answers

What happens when I get a job?

If you find a job and work so much that you once again satisfy the conditions to receive unemployment benefit, you will be discharged from the Job and Development Guarantee programme.

Unemployment benefit

What happens if I still cannot get a job?

If you have not found a job after 90 weeks on the Job and Development Guarantee programme, other options are available to find work or test your possibilities, for example in the form of special employment or job training.

How long can I take part in the Job and Development Guarantee Programme?

You can remain on the Job and Development Guarantee programme until you

  • begin full-time work (with or without support) or study full-time outside the Job and Development Guarantee programme
  • go on full-time parental leave
  • are unable to work for one month or more due to illness, and the programme cannot be adapted to your needs
  • satisfy the conditions to receive unemployment benefit once again.

You can study part-time for up to six months alongside part-time participation in the Job and Development Guarantee programme.

What happens if I fall sick or go on parental leave?

If you are sick for a long period, we try to adapt the content of your programme so that you can still take part. You are discharged from the programme

  • if you are unable to work for more than one month due to illness and the programme cannot be adapted
  • if you go on full-time parental leave.

If you are away for a shorter period than 12 months, you can re-join the programme.

Am I insured?

You are covered by personal injury and group life insurance policies when you participate in the Job and Development Guarantee programme. Your employer can also receive compensation from the state in the instance that you damage company property.

Can I lose my place on the programme?

You can lose your place on the programme if you do not follow the rules or are disruptive.

If you have received compensation for 450 days as part of the Job and Development Guarantee programme and are not entitled to unemployment benefits in accordance with the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Act you can also lose your place if you

  • refuse any activity in the programme, or any other labour market policy measure
  • decline a suitable job without acceptable reasons
  • do not report your activities
  • do not have regular contact with an employment officer.

Can I re-join the programme after employment or training and education?

You can re-join the programme if you have been on sick leave or parental leave or have studied. However, you must not have been absent for more than twelve months. In some cases, you can re-join after studying for up to three years. If you have worked and become unemployed, you can re-join the programme if you are not entitled to unemployment benefit again.

You can receive compensation for travel expenses

If you take part in a programme or course somewhere other than where you live, you can receive payment for the cost of travel and accommodation.

Compensation for travel expenses in connection with a programme or job interview