Youth’s views on working in industry
The Volvo Step is a unique opportunity for unemployed youth in Sweden to set foot on the floor of an industrial plant. Read about the first impressions of some of the trainees of the Umeå cab plant in northern Sweden.
In 2012, 400 young people were selected to take part in The Volvo Step – the Volvo Group’s training programme in industrial production currently under way at 13 of the company’s plants and sites around Sweden. Training of the first group of participants has been in full swing since November 5, alternating theory with practice to provide them with the skills and experience required to take up industrial employment.
This is the first time that many of the young people have set foot on the floor of an industrial plant, and they are positively surprised at the work environment and the team spirit that they have found there:
The Volvo Step is a three-year programme that will provide a total of 1,200 unemployed youth with an opportunity of undergoing one year of training with pay. Investment in the programme will total SEK 450 million, representing a long-term investment by the Volvo Group in meeting its future skills requirements while supporting action to enhance the job prospects of unemployed Swedish youth.