On Thursday and Friday, LKAB and the Swedish Public Employment Service hosted the National Matching project in Kiruna. The job applicants, 16 engineers and geologists of different nationalities, were invited to receive information on the mining industry and the community, to visit the Kiruna mine and be interviewed.
"It was fantastic; coming up here was a totally new experience. It's so calm and quiet compared to Malmö, and there are jobs," said Ram Shaheen.
The aim of the project is to help recent immigrants with specific professional qualifications to enter the Swedish labor market. For LKAB, it is a matter of broadening the geographic recruiting area and increasing the chances of finding qualified personnel for specialist positions that have proved difficult to fill.
"LKAB is facing major challenges in relation to the goals the company has set. Several of these challenges have to do with new mines and finding the expertise to drive development forward, as well as to continue product development, with our customers, in what we refer to as 'Performance in ironmaking'. We see national matching as a great opportunity for finding the competences we need to be able to realize our development," says Mikael Pudas, personnel manager at LKAB.
At the Swedish Public Employment Service, they are very pleased with the visit and the program.
"We have had a fantastic reception and an excellent program," says Ajlan Fekovic, project manager of National Matching, explaining that all participants have described the visit in very positive terms.
"For many, this is the first time, since coming to Sweden, that they have really been perceived as the professional men and women they are," explains Soledad Grafenille of the Public Employment Service's project management group.