Each summer, the City of Helsinki supports the employment of young people during the school holiday by hiring hundreds of seasonal workers and promoting employment opportunities with other employers. The city will provide work for almost as many teens as was originally planned in 2020, despite the covid-19 pandemic.
Helsinki has over 1,200 different jobs for young people on offer this summer, some 800 of which will go to 16 and 17-year-old summer workers. In addition, the Siisti kesä! cleaning and sanitation project will employ a further 250 people between the ages of 16 and 20. Other teens will also fill in for vacationing employees in different municipal operations. Most of the summer job applications periods have ended, and selection decisions will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
Quality inspectors measure progress towards Helsinki’s strategic goals
In the summer of 2020, the City of Helsinki will hire 26 young quality inspectors for work relationships of different durations to observe the practical realisation of goals contained in the City Strategy. Helsinki wants to be the Most Functional City in the World, so these inspectors will examine things like roadwork, customer service, outdoor recreation areas, parks and playgrounds, libraries and signage. The inspectors will work in pairs, and acute shortcomings that they find will be addressed immediately. Roadwork assessment will begin already in June, while other services will be appraised in July, once coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed enough that municipal operations have had time to resume.
Summer vouchers for ninth grade students
The City of Helsinki will also continue its practice of reimbursing 300 euros to every employer that hires a grade 9 student for the summer, this year for the period between 1 June and 12 August 2020. Some 5,500 numbered and personalised vouchers will be distributed to 9th graders in 71 Helsinki schools yet this spring. Young people can use the voucher to apply for work at a business, association, foundation or parish. In previous years, feedback has indicated that many felt the voucher offered an advantage in the competitive market for summer jobs. The vouchers were found to improve young people’s chances of finding work and lower many employers’ thresholds for hiring them.
Support for youth entrepreneurs
The City of Helsinki has also teamed up with the 4H youth organization to provide entrepreneurial training for Helsinki residents between the ages of 15 and 30. The course will take place this June as distance learning, with added small group guidance. Until the end of July, participants will receive support from a mentor for development of their business idea, and once they have completed the training, they will receive a 300-euro voucher to support the implementation of their idea.
Photo: Atte Grönroos