What is Support and Matching?
Support and matching is for you who have the opportunity to work, but who need extra support in your job search. Together with a job coach at one of many matching companies, you get individually tailored support that helps you get a job or start an education. Support and matching are divided into four different tracks. The track you end up in is decided by the Swedish Public Employment Service, and the track affects to some extent which activities your time at the matching company will consist of. In 2021, support and matching will be replaced by another similar service, Prepare and Match. This takes place in different stages with the goal of being completely replaced at the turn of the year 2021/2022.
Who can get a decision on support and matching?
It is the Swedish Public Employment Service that decides whether support and matching is something for you, but you may also wish to join the service. The position is suitable for you who are looking for work and who need extra support to get a job or education. It may be that you may lack a post-secondary education or have difficulty with the Swedish language. At present, the service is available remotely due to current circumstances with Covid-19, this applies until the end of December 2021.
How does support and matching work?
When you are assigned to support and matching, it takes place in periods of 3 months. After the first period, an evaluation is made, if there is still a need for you to join the service, it will be extended for another 3 months. After this second period, it is in some cases possible to make a final extension with a third period, which is also 3 months long.
What happens during support and matching?
Once you have made your choice of provider, you will, together with a job coach at that company, have an introductory meeting where you develop a plan for how you can find a job or start an education in the fastest way possible.
Your coach may only organize activities that are approved by the Swedish Public Employment Service and that are listed below, and they must be religiously and politically independent.
Map skills, competencies, prerequisites and professional areas
The coach has individual conversations with you with the aim of identifying your skills and conditions for work. This is to be able to better develop suitable activities to increase your opportunities in the labor market.
Support in finding and applying for jobs
The provider's assignment is to help you as a participant in the service to find and apply for a job in order to quickly get a job or education. The coach must work with you to ensure that you are looking for suitable advertised jobs, but also actively looking for companies that suit you. Companies do not always advertise their jobs with, for example, the Swedish Public Employment Service. The activity can be performed in groups but also individually.
Support in creating application documents
The coach supports you in how you can formulate, for example, personal letters and CVs that are adapted based on the jobs you have arrived at are suitable for you to apply for. This is done either in groups or individually.
Follow-up of job applications
In addition to getting help to apply for suitable jobs, you also get support from the coach to follow up on how well you have succeeded in applying for these. The coach goes through with you how you go about your job search and comes up with suggestions and ideas on how you can increase your chances of succeeding in getting a job. Here, the coach can give you support in reporting activities to the Swedish Public Employment Service as part of the follow-up of job applications. The activity should take place individually.
Contacts with employers
The provider you have chosen must work actively to ensure that you get in touch with employers who need to hire. This can be done through study visits to the employer, by calling employers who are suitable for you and by the provider and the coach having contact with the employer.
Introduce yourself to employers with employment needs
In order to help you get in touch with employers who need to hire, the provider should work closely with employers of this type. In that case, the supplier can present you to suitable employers where it may be possible to get a job or internship. This can be done individually or in groups.
Arbetsförmedlingen means here that the supplier creates contact between you and someone who can support you on the way to entering the labor market. It can be someone who works voluntarily or for the supplier. The purpose of this mentorship is that the mentor should give you support in your personal development or give you knowledge that increases your chances of a job. This should be done individually.
This means work experience with an employer. Before an internship, it is important that your provider contacts your employment service in good time before the internship begins so that you have the right insurance and so that the Employment Service can approve the organizer of the internship.
Interview training and preparation for a job interview
In the conversation with your coach, you may come to the conclusion that you need to improve your job search. Interview training can then be an important part of these preparations to ensure that your chances improve. The purpose of this type of training is to make you feel safe and prepared for future interviews. This activity can take place individually or in groups.
Study and career guidance (mandatory)
Study and career guidance is there to make it easier for you to connect your experiences and wishes to what the labor market needs and demands. You must receive at least 2 hours of study and career guidance per block through a personal meeting (can be changed remotely during Covid-19). In addition to these two hours, additional study and career guidance can be done at a distance. This activity should be individual, so you should meet a qualified study and career counselor for individual conversations.
Information about educations and help with applying for education
If you are in need of further training, the provider can inform you about suitable training. The provider must then also help you with the application if you need it. This can be done individually or in groups.
If you come to the conclusion that you need help to increase motivation to enter the labor market, it is appropriate that your coach has motivational conversations with you. These conversations should aim to help you understand and process any reasons why you have had difficulty working in the past.
If the provider sees the need, he can arrange group activities that encourage the exchange of experiences and knowledge between you and other participants in the service. This can consist of various exercises that form the basis for conversations in the group about your needs, attitudes and interests. This can be seen as a tool to make you and others reflect on your respective situations and factors that influence the choice of profession. The group size and composition should be adapted to your needs and conditions.
The provider may arrange study visits for you and other participants in the service. As with the other activities, it is important here that the study visit aims to increase your chances of getting a job. This can be done in groups or individually.
Your provider can choose to invite lecturers to increase your knowledge of job search, the labor market and / or how you can increase your motivation to get a job.
If there is a need to learn more about how to use a computer, the provider and your coach can arrange instruction in basic IT use. However, this activity should only form a small part of the total service and can be arranged individually or in groups.
If knowledge of Swedish or English is judged to be low, the provider can arrange language teaching in these languages for you during a limited part of the service, approximately 40% of your time per block. This can be done individually or in groups.
If an obstacle to taking a job is that you need to learn more about how authorities, companies and other social institutions work, the provider can help you understand this. Like computer education, this should be a small part of the service, and it can be done individually or in groups.
The service may include shorter education, where the education must have a clear, direct and immediate connection to one or more specific vacancies or regular education places, ie folk high schools, municipal adult education, polytechnics and colleges / universities. For example, it would be that you have been promised a job vacancy provided that you learn a certain system. In this case, it is okay to go in with a shorter education. It is not okay to train in the system if it is just to broaden your search area in general and is more a matter of general skills development.
Health promotion measures
If there is a need for health-promoting measures, you can get help to increase your opportunities for health awareness and become more employable. This can be done individually or in groups in the form of seminars in diet, sleep and exercise and should therefore not be done as a direct physical activity.
Schedule during support and matching
Your provider prepares a schedule for you that should extend at least a week ahead in time and contain the activities that are planned with information about where and when the activities take place. The schedule also functions partly as a basis you can use for activity reporting but also as a basis for the Swedish Public Employment Service so that they can see that you receive the support you are entitled to.
How do I search for a supplier via matchningskollen?
Search and find a provider of your matching service by searching, filtering and sorting in the list.
When you have chosen a provider and an office where you want to go to the service, click on 'select provider', and you will receive all the information you need to provide to your administrator at the Swedish Public Employment Service.
Search and find a support and matching provider by searching and filtering in the list.