The Volvo Step in Sweden

To meet the need for skilled employees in the future, the Volvo Group has launched the Volvo Step, a one-year, paid vocational training program in industrial production for unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 22. The Volvo Step takes place at 13 plants and sites in Sweden, providing both theoretical and practical learning experiences.

Frequently one of the obstacles for young people looking for employment is their lack of experience. The purpose of the program, which started in November 2012, is to equip young people with the appropriate skills and experience to work in the production sector, either within the Volvo Group or with other employers.

The Volvo Step takes place at 13 plants and sites in Sweden.

The program is not a guarantee of employment within the Volvo Group, but it gives the participants better opportunities in the labor market. Successful participants will receive a certificate showing that they are sufficiently qualified to work in industrial production.

The Volvo Step will enable a total of 1,200 young people to participate in a reimbursed training program.

Representing an overall investment of SEK 450 M, The Volvo Step is a three-year project that will enable a total of 1,200 young people to participate in a reimbursed training program. Women accounted for 44 percent of the 400 participants in 2012.