This year over 1,700 people entered other such job programs, according to numbers from the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) cited by Swedish Television news. The programs aim to get immigrants with professional training on the job market more quickly and especially in fields where there are personnel shortages in Sweden.
The fast track programs may involve expedited processes for education, on-the-job training, and certifications. Before getting a new job in some occupations, immigrants with professional backgrounds may wait years while they learn Swedish, have foreign degrees and credentials transferred and recognized in Sweden, and take new certifying examinations in Sweden.
To date the government has established 10 fast track programs for about 20 lines of work.
"We see profession after profession has difficulty getting hold of the right people with the right skills. So if this development in the labor market continues, where we have personnel shortfalls in an increasing number of professions, then there will be more fast track programs," said the Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson speaking with SVT. She's expected to give a press conference at 12:30 today announcing the new programs.