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Liberals call for low wage apprenticeships

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Liberals call for low wage apprenticeships
12:13 CEST+02:00
Speaking at a seminar in Visby on Monday, Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) leader Jan Björklund proposed an apprenticeship system for young people as a way to counteract youth unemployment in Sweden.

Their proposed youth employment scheme would be available both during and after high school up to age 21, according to the party's proposal presented in conjunction with Almedalen Week on Gotland.

The position would mean lower wages than the lowest salary currently paid in the labour market as well as limited job protection. According to the Liberals, the possibility to work during high school would give young people a closer connection to the labour market, as well as the development of personal networks. This would make it easier for young people to enter the job market.

“Our neighbouring countries have this and they have lower youth unemployment,” Björklund said.

He stressed that it is better for a young person to have a low salary than to be dependent on social benefits.

“That's the core idea,” said Björklund.

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