E very year 4000 newcomers move to Esbjerg Municipality – and the majority move because of a new job. For many people, a move requires some consideration, and all too often their other halves have to give up their job to do it.
– We know that having a network and job is essential to a newcomer wanting to feel at home in a new city. The network comes with time, but it can be hard for the partner to find a new job without a network. That’s why Esbjerg Municipality has chosen to actively help with this phase, says Pia Enemark, coordinator for Esbjerg Municipality’s Newcomer service.
Help with dream job
Because one party usually already has a job, the municipality calls this service “job support for partners”.
– We provide individual advice and sparring during the job search process, such as helping with job applications and CVs. We also use our own Business Development and Job Centre network to forward the partner’s CV and create new opportunities for him or her. And we also hold different trade and social events, where newcomers can talk to one another and forge new relationships, explains Pia.
Property search, network and choice of leisure clubs
As well as the partner job scheme, the Newcomer service also helps with finding a place to live and provides individual advice on which sports clubs and leisure activities might be of interest. There are several networking
activities and events, all with the aim of building bridges between newcomers and the local community.
Esbjerg Municipalitys Newcomer Service can help you. They offer guidance in finding job, housing, child care, shcools, education, leisure activities and more.
High success rate
Last year, around 100 partners made use of the partner job scheme – most of whom were jobseekers, while others searched for volunteer work or networks. And with great success. “There’s a big difference between how much a newcomer uses us, but most are surprised about how much help they can get. Many of the partners get a job off their own back – but for around 40 %, the partner job scheme makes a major difference when it comes to finding jobs, study, internships or voluntary work,” concludes Pia