The initiative aims to help refugees gain new skills and work experience so that they have a better chance of finding a job, whether it is at IKEA stores and units or at other companies. This gives them better opportunities to integrate into their new host communities.
What you can get
10 – 20 hours of support focusing on job search skills and competences, recruitment process and the Slovak labour law
Slovak language course
60–80 hours of language training (based on individual needs and time availability) or consultations to work on the participant’s Slovak language skills
One-day practical training session with IKEA representatives
Focusing on standard job interviews, group interviews and assessment centres
Vacancies at IKEA store
- Based on actual vacancies at Ikea store in Bratislava
- Individual support during the recruitment
- Slovak language courses
- Individual support (for at least 3 months based on the needs and preferences of successful candidates)
- Regular payment of wage always on the 12th day of the month
- Employment contract
- Potential for further development
- Good access to work by public transport
- 400 € per year as a benefits package
- Coffee, tea, free soft drinks, lunches for 1 €, breakfast and dinner at the co-worker canteen
What do we expect from the candidates?
- Basic Slovak language skills and intermediate English language skills OR intermediate Slovak language skills.
- Granted asylum, subsidiary protection or temporary refuge in the Slovak Republic
- Desire and need to constantly develop your knowledge and skills
- Being reliable, responsible, and independent
- Being a team player and you like to work with other people
If you wish to apply:
- Please fill out this simple application form HERE
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR
We started implementing the programme in January 2021. Participants have so far completed over 600 hours of Slovak language courses, workshops focused on the labour and legal minimum and individual consultations to learn job search skills. IKEA has organised workshops for participants on the job interview process with an emphasis on the values of the organisation.
A total of 20 people participated in the programme, 12 successfully passed the selection procedure and are currently working for IKEA department store in Bratislava. The participants come from different countries such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and Iran.
One of the Skills for Employment participants is Ms Ruqaya from Iraq, whose story you can learn more about in this video:
The topic is also the subject of a new episode of the IKEA podcast with Barbara Meššová, Director of the Human Rights League, and Michal Svienty, People and Culture Manager at IKEA Bratislava: