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At the Skarpt Läge job fair in February, young adults aged 18 to 30 met with employers with one hope in mind: to leave the venue with a job. Two months later, 184 of the job seekers had found employment as a direct result of the fair. Today, Skarpt Läge is more than a job fair; it’s an important meeting place for forging partnerships.

Skarpt Läge job fair. Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge

“Today, Skarpt Läge isn’t just a job fair, it’s a meeting place that generates many synergy effects. For instance, this year we collaborated with Hvitfeldska and Aniara upper secondary schools, which sent 25 wonderful and positive third year students to work as volunteers at the fair. We regularly visit youth organisations such as MiM Kunskapscenter (MiM Knowledge Centre) and SOS Children’s Villages, where we teach young people how to seek jobs, expand their contacts and network with employers. Many of the resulting contacts have led to job offers,” says Lotta Forsberg, project manager at Skarpt Läge.

On 22 February, the Skarpt Läge fair opened at a new venue, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. For three hours, young adults, regardless of their training and qualification backgrounds, had the opportunity to be matched with employers ready to offer jobs on the spot. The concept is simple: all the employers exhibiting at the fair had something to offer in the form of jobs, training or internships, and the young job seekers all turned up well prepared with their CVs. A follow-up study two months later showed that 184 of the job seekers had found jobs, of which 94 were full-time. Most of the jobs were in the warehouse logistics and hotel & restaurant sectors. Recruitment and interviews are still in progress. After six months the outcome will be measured again, and is expected to be even better.

With 1,831 participants, the fair broke its previous visitor record. It is hoped that Skarpt Läge will not only be the best job fair for young people in Gothenburg, but will become the best platform for young people seeking to enter the employment market in Sweden.

Skarpt Läge is built on a partnership between the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Gothia Towers/Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Visita and Labour Market and Adult Education (Arbetsmarknad och Vuxenutbildning).

The fair Skarpt Läge set a new visitor record with 1831 participants attending the job fair at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center. The purpose of the fair is to create work opportunities for young adults.

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge

– We can only say that it was a success with the 1831 visitors, Fredrik Karlsson Chairman of the association Skarpt Läge says.

On Friday February 22, Skarpt Läge set a record in the number of participants who attended the job fair at the Swedish Exhibition Center in Gothenburg. The previous record was 1147 visitors. For the sixth year in a row, young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 were matched with companies that were able to offer jobs on site. There were 46 exhibitors who represented 64 different workplaces and approximately 1100 work opportunities were available.

– It was magic! Says Eva Dunér, owner operator at four Mc Donald’s restaurants in Gothenburg.

Last year, 143 young adults from Gothenburg, were employed during the three-hour job fair. During the coming weeks, a follow-up will be done with all exhibitors to find out how many jobs were created at the fair, but it has been confirmed that at least one person was offered a job at site. Among the exhibitors were major companies like Mc Donald’s, Gothia Towers and the Swedish Tax Agency.

The fair is built on a partnership between the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Team Göteborg, Gothia Towers / Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Visita and the association Skarpt Läge.

More than 1,100 people came to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Gothenburg to visit the Skarpt Läge jobs fair. For the fifth year in a row young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 are matched with companies that can offer them a job on the spot.

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge.

“Visitors bring their CVs, come to the fair and get to meet 51 exhibitors who all have something to offer. This year there were around 850 jobs available and we had a wide range of businesses represented,” said Fredrik Karlsson Project Manager for Skarpt Läge.

There was a lot of interest in Skarpt Läge 2018, and during the three-hour fair 1,146 people visited the fair, which is a slight rise on last year.

“The level of interest is high and considerably more young people came on their own this year. It’s clear that we have reached a bigger audience than before,” says Lotta Forsberg, who set up Skarpt Läge together with Fredrik Karlsson.

“Last year over 200 of the visitors got jobs, and six months later just over 120 of them still had those jobs. We will find out what the figure is for this year on 12 April. But I do know that one of the visitors was given a job trial as a chef two hours after visiting Skarpt Läge. If everything goes well that will lead to a permanent job.”

The exhibitors this year included Telia, The City of Gothenburg, Friskis & Svettis and Jollyrum.

Skarpt Läge is a joint initiative between Team Göteborg and the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Radisson Blu Scandinavia, the Swedish Public Employment Service and Visita, with the goal of becoming the best job event for young people in Sweden.