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Job fairs for Ukraine

22 April 2022
Job fairs for the workforce that has fled from Ukraine are now being organised at International House Gothenburg. Here they can meet with companies in need of competence and hopefully find a match. First out was the hospitality industry, it turned out to be a day of engaging conversations and interesting meetings.

"It has been a speedy process from idea to fair thanks' to the great commitment from all parties. It looks like we will have a great result with many matches from today's fair. I look forward to the next meeting", says Lovisa Bohlin, Manager at International House and one of the initiators of the job fairs.

The hospitality industry has recovered very well after the pandemic and are now struggling to find employees. At the same time, many of those who have come from war-torn Ukraine have shown interest in working in this particular industry, says Lovisa Bohlin.

"The willingness to work is great and since the hospitality industry is crying out for labour, it felt natural to start there. The next job fair will instead focus on engineering and IT professions, warehousing, and industry. And the third will focus on educational professions, healthcare and social work."

In total, so far, three job fairs are being held to match Ukrainian skills with Gothenburg companies. At the same time, the work at International House Gothenburg continues as usual, providing international talent and accompanying families with tools and guidance for a career and social life here.

"Since we started just over a year ago, we have helped companies to be exposed those who come here and helped new Gothenburgers feel at home and find the right job. We see great interest and an enormous potential in this", says Lovisa Bohlin.

Behind the initiative for the job fairs are Help Ukraine Gothenburg, Lindholmen Science Park, Västra Götalandsregionen and Business Region Göteborg. The first job fair was held on April 21st, the second, will be held on May 3rd and the third, is planned for the end of May. Interpreters are on site to help when needed. Focus, when planning the job fairs has been to welcome Ukrainians but they are of course open to all nationalities.

 

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Lovisa Bohlin
Manager/International Talent Advisor
Area of work: Internationalisation

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