Even as Greece’s crushing economic crisis has created record unemployment, many young Greeks still avoid working in summer tourists jobs, Sweden’s government-funded employment agency has launched a campaign encouraging unemployed Swedish people to look for summer jobs in crisis-hit Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Greece.
Hundreds of jobs will be marketed at a special event organized by the country’s employment agency and EURES in the southern city of Malmö next week. The positions include football coaches, choreographers, set designers, animators, sound engineers and dancers at hotels and resorts around the Mediterranean, so as to mainly serve Nordic clients in Spain, Greece, Italy and Cyprus.
“We hope our Swedish youths will get every single one of these jobs. These companies have had good experience of young Swedish workers,” said Kristina Gärdebro Johansson, a European Employment Services (EURES) advisor at the Swedish Public Employment Service. She said some of the jobs require Scandinavian language skills
The youth unemployment rate in Sweden is about 24 percent, less than half that in Greece and Spain, where it is more than 55 percent for those under 25 years old. “This is a great opportunity if you want to enter the job market,” Johansson said