KTH to help new arrivals get foot in IT job market

Published Jun 10, 2016

The KTH School of Computer Science and Communication has received funding from the Wallenberg Foundations to train new arrivals to Sweden who come from countries outside the EU to become employable in the Swedish IT sector. The commissioned education program will involve 3 to 5 months of intensive studies in computer programming.

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Mattias Wiggberg, who is leading the initiative for CSC, says he hopes that the training can help to meet the needs of the IT industry, as well as support new arrivals with getting on track in Sweden's labor market.

"For people who meet the right conditions, it is possible to carry out an intensive training course with about 500 hours of programming in a relatively short period of time. This should be enough to meet the skills requirements of some of the services for which Swedish companies have a shortage of resources today and expect to in the coming years," he says.

The commissioned education project is run in collaboration with a recruitment company. KTH accounts for curricula, education structure and teachers. Employers in the IT sector should be involved in order to adapt education to labor market needs. The idea is that those who complete the courses can be connected with a company to start working immediately after graduation.

"The program is directed at those who, after receiving a residence permit, have had difficulty getting a foothold in the Swedish labor market, despite a good training foundation. We want to help to bridge the gap for the integration of many people that exists today," Wiggberg says.

Applicants to the program should have some form of academic education, preferably in the area of technology, or the equivalent of work experience. Approximately 30 people will be selected, after undergoing an entrance examination and interviews.

"Hopefully we can start training this fall," Wiggberg says.

The initiative is a pilot project, and if it goes well, he hopes for a continuation. "This is untested ground where we try to meet labor market demand for IT skills in yet another way."

As for details about the application process, Wiggberg says more information will be announced in the autumn, 2016. To be added to the mailing list for updates, send an email to Mattias Wiggberg at wiggberg@kth.se. 

Christer Gummeson

IT training at KTH for non-EU migrants is funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and in cooperation with Novare Potential.

The program is a commissioned education and is outside of KTH's regular programs and courses. The initiative is led by Mattias Wiggberg , chief of staff with a PhD in computer science, and Philipp Haller , associate professor at CSC, together with the recruitment company Novare potential.

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