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National reforms related to transversal skills and employability


14.Ongoing reforms and policy developments

14.5National reforms related to transversal skills and employability

Last update: 27 March 2024


Nothing to report.


Strengthening of Swedish for immigrants (sfi) so that more people get jobs and the opportunity to earn a living

Many people born abroad are far from the labor market. Lack of knowledge in Swedish is part of the cause of unemployment. An important prerequisite for being able to get a job and have the opportunity to support yourself is to learn Swedish. It will also be important for people from Ukraine, who are in Sweden under the protection of EU’s Temporary Protection Directive, to be able to support themselves if the stay is prolonged. In the budget bill for 2024, the government proposes a compensation of SEK 29 million to the municipalities for the teaching of Swedish for immigrants (sfi) and that SEK 80 million be set aside for municipalities to be able to offer municipal adult education in Swedish for immigrants (sfi) for people from Ukraine.

Today, municipalities and education providers do things differently when it comes to mapping the student's knowledge when a student is about to start their education. Through proposals from the Inquiry on strengthened quality and equivalence within komvux for students with Swedish as a second language, KLIVA, the requirements for an accurate mapping of the student's knowledge are tightened, which is expected to contribute to a better planning of the education for the individual student. The aim is for more individuals across the country to complete sfi.

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A new transition study grant

The Government proposed that a new public transition study grant be introduced, as part of the reforming of the labor market. The purpose of the new study support is to strengthen employees' position on the labor market through education and make it easier to adjust to working life. The adjustment study support will make it possible to study with at least 80 percent of the salary for up to one year.

The Parliament decided on the support during the summer of 2022.

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Validation for competence supply and lifelong learning

In the bill, the Government submits proposals aimed at validation at municipal adult education  so that it would meet to a greater extent the needs that exist in the labor market and among individuals. With improved validation, the opportunities increase to utilize the knowledge that the individual has previously acquired. This contributes to a more efficient supply of skills, a faster establishment in the labor market and increased opportunities for adjustment during working life.

The suggestions are 

  • that an obligation is introduced for the home municipality to ensure that those who want to have their knowledge mapped for an education or for an examination in municipal adult education are offered validation
  • that an obligation is introduced for the principal of municipal adult education to ensure that a student who needs validation is offered it
  • to clarifiy what is meant by validation
  • to clarify what is required in terms of documentation after a validation
  • that a broad authorization is given to the government, or the authority that the government decides, to issue regulations on the validation of a person's prior knowledge.

The bill proposes the necessary changes to the law. The amendments to the law are proposed to enter into force on 1 January 2023.

For more information (in Swedish)