Vocational programmes completed by students at Swedish upper secondary schools are a fast-track way into employment, according to a new report from The National Agency for Education (Skolverket).
Statistics for young adults who completed their upper secondary school studies in 2013/2014 show that many students had a job within 12 months of leaving school.
Of those who studied construction and health / social care programmes, more than half had 'an established position in the labour market'. Among the nursing students who worked, nine out of ten did so within their chosen profession, rather than having to find a job outside of that field. For those in the building trade, the employment figure was around 70 percent.
"Getting a job in the first year after upper secondary school is a very good start to professional life. Here we clearly see that many vocational programs can provide that opportunity," Torun Rudin, Head of the Upper Secondary unit at Skolverket tells Radio Sweden.