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Job training and skills development together with language training bring the long-term unemployed closer to the labour market

The project Ljungnäsvillan


The ESF project Ljungnäsvillan is run by DEL-TA Produktion, a work-integrated social enterprise operating in Småland. The project is targeted to new arrivals, people born abroad, and long-term unemployed women and men. It aims to develop and implement a method for job training and skills development that will give participants a social community and a strong sense of self. The goal is for the target group to find a job, start studying or establish a foothold in the labour market.


DEL-TA Produktion has been operating since 1997. Its mission is to create secure and meaningful employment with a view to personal development and improved quality of life for people who find it difficult to compete on the labour market. DEL-TA has long experience of job training and skills development in an industrial environment but has lacked such experience within the service industries.

Restructuring the labour market

“In Småland the number of jobs in industry has fallen sharply in recent years, especially in low-technology industries, with more highly specialised skills being in demand than in the past. So, the region has got to work towards restructuring the job market since the demand for labour in services and health care is growing. This change has also meant that people with weak anchoring on the job market have found it increasingly difficult to get a job, which is why this project focuses on job training in the services industry,” says project manager Elisabeth Stake.


Of the people who find it difficult to establish themselves in the labour market, the group of foreign-born men and women has risen rapidly in the last five years. The ability of this group to enter the labour market and achieve self-sufficiency requires that they possess the skills that employers demand. Many remain far outside the labour market because they face a complex set of problems, with unemployment in combination with language barriers and sometimes disabilities.

Four areas of activity

The project’s target group gains work experience at Ljungnäsvillan, a country house by the sea 20 kilometres north of Kalmar, Sweden. Participants receive practical training in one or more of these areas: restaurant and café, organic farming, property maintenance, and the conference and rental business. Practical language training is integrated with on-the-job training as participants spend part of their day at regular SFI classes (Swedish for Immigrants).


“Many participants often already have practical knowledge of certain occupations, so it’s language development that presents the big challenge. That’s why we are careful to speak only Swedish during the training at Ljungnäsvillan,” says Stake.

Personalised training

Ljungnäsvillan expects to recruit between 80-90 participants and see 60 people complete the entire training programme. A dedicated matching counsellor is employed by the project to follow the individuals throughout their training. The counsellor works at the individual level – with 16 participants, currently – and creates individual development plans and matching initiatives. After the training, the participant is expected to be ready to enter the labour market. The project’s goal is for all participants who have completed their training to find a job, start studying or establish a foothold in the labour market. The participants get to stay at Ljungnäsvillan for up to 6 months before they move on to the next step in their development plan.


The first participants started in September 2016. The first group with 16 participants had high attendance, most likely because participants get the chance to work with real-world tasks and because the project provides a social community that nurtures higher self-esteem.

Structured collaboration

The goal is for Ljungnäsvillan to become a profitable, self-supporting operation within DEL-TA’s other operations, and not just a temporary project.


“To reach our goal, it is essential to establish close and structured collaboration with the Swedish Public Employment Service and the relevant administrations in Kalmar Municipality, in particular the labour market unit, social services and immigration services. SFI, too, is an important partner in the project when we develop participants’ individual action plans. And Kalmar Arbetsgivarring is an important partner. Through their member companies they have several job sites that offer traineeships and apprenticeships, and through their own social enterprises they can provide staffing to other companies and organisations when we send our participants out into the workforce,” says Stake.

Bild i högerkolumnActivity in the project


Programme area:

2.3 Improve transition to labour market


Småland & Öarna

Project owner:

DEL-TA produktion AB