During the year, Göteborg Landvetter Airport has taken part in a number of programmes to open up opportunities for young people to try out a job at the airport. During the spring, ten youths held internships at Göteborg Landvetter in a broad range of positions – baggage handling, construction project management, communication work and security screening are a few examples.
“I have had a job with lots of challenging tasks that I felt had concrete results which benefited Swedavia. This involved everything from photography and filming to measuring passenger flows. It has been rewarding and instructive,” says Simon Backhurst, who did his internship in communications for twelve weeks this past spring.
The internships were created through collaborations with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in its project Tekniksprånget (Technology Leap) and with the national placement service Arbetsförmedlingen. In all, the collaborations through Technology Leap and Arbetsförmedlingen have generated some 50 internships to date at all of Swedavia’s airports in 2014.
“Airports and society are connected. If society develops in the right direction, then so do the airports, and vice versa. We are dependent on each other. For that reason, it was quite natural for us at Swedavia to look at how we could open up our own workplace to young people – and as a result make us more attractive as an employer,” Ms Ljunggren says.
“But it is also a question of giving our young people an entry on their CV, a chance to get a sense of working life and see different opportunities. There are several hundred different jobs at an airport that they perhaps did not know existed. As an employer, we also assume a big responsibility in teaching our young people how things function in working life, what conditions apply, getting to work on time and delivering what one has committed to,” Ms Ljunggren concludes.
July 2 seminar
The seminar “More young people on the job – what can we learn from state-owned companies?” will be held on July 2, 2.00-3.00 p.m. at Gate Almedalen, Swedavia’s lounge on Strandgatan 6 in Visby. The co-organiser is Technology Leap, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Panel participants include:
- Soledad Grafeuille, Arbetsförmedlingen
- Tina Almqvist, Vattenfall
- Jan-Eric Sundgren, Technology Leap/Volvo Group AB
- Charlotte Ljunggren, Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Photo: Billy Kronberg, who did an internship at Göteborg Landvetter as a technician. The internship led to a summer job.