CARE EUkraine

Creating opportunities for Ukrainian refugees & improving the climate

CARE EUkraine was launched in October 2022 to create opportunities for Ukrainian refugees who have recently arrived in Sweden, while combating global warming. The project is run through official collaboration with Help Ukraine and Skyddsvärnet in Gothenburg, Sweden. Over a period of 5.5 months, the 140 participants will carry out a number of sub-projects that equip them with the neccessary skills to integrate into the Swedish labour market. They are also an integral part of a long-term project outcome in the area of climate change, as their work contributes to Europe’s drive to achieve climate neutrality.

The project period will start with an introduction where participants will be helped to adapt their CVs, personal letters and LinkedIn profiles to the Swedish labour market. Participants will then be given a choice of two paths; a “green” job at Sätt Fag på Göteborg (the Swedish brand of Youthpower) or IT training.

Green jobs

Participants hired by Sätt färg på Göteborg will take part in digital searches in Google Earth to find the best possible buildings to install white, green and blue roofs. These types of roofs all have a positive effect on the climate as they counteract global warming in different ways. The new arrivals will thus have the opportunity for a rewarding part-time job with a flexible schedule that can easily be combined with studies or other employment.

We have previously developed a methodology to find suitable roofs for Coating, which is used to install white roofs, and tested the search on different target groups over two periods. These searches are now complemented by the most suitable green and blue-green roofs. Sätt färg på Göteborg will record the project participants’ search results in an open-source database that we are developing in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology. This open source database, which will be available to the public, will provide municipalities and other decision-makers in the real estate sector with the information they need to take a first step towards developing more sustainable cities. The flexible nature of the position allows participants to simultaneously engage in other skills development activities such as Swedish language courses.

IT training

For those who choose the second project focus, a number of different courses are offered in coding, web design and IT security.

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.

Bill Gates, Co-Chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-Founder, Microsoft

The need for skills in the IT industry is constantly growing and can be performed by people with different mother tongues as programming languages are universal. Participants’ chances of finding employment both in Sweden and internationally after the end of the project period will thus increase significantly.