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More Young People Apply for Summer Work School in North Iceland

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: Vinnuskóli Akureyrar, Facebook.

The Akureyri Work School, which provides summer work for young people in the North Iceland town doing a variety of public improvement projects, has had 50% more applications this year than last, RÚV reports. A total of 696 young people applied for work opportunities through the work school; all applicants to the program are guaranteed paid work this summer.

The Akureyri Work School offers paid summer work opportunities for students who are 14, 15, 16-17, and 18-25 years old. The highest increase was among 17-year-old students: 126 in 2020, versus 38 last summer.

As the school received more applications than expected, it revised the parameters of its summer programs and in some cases, reduced the total number of summer working hours for an age bracket but extended the time period over which the hours would be completed in order to ensure that young people remain active throughout the summer.

Fourteen-year-old participants in the program will be offered 105 working hours over the summer; 15-year-olds, 120 hours; 16-year-olds 140 hours. The oldest age group, 17-year-olds, will be given 200 hours of work over the whole summer period. The municipality has also authorized 100 special summer jobs within institutions, museums, or companies to be opened to young people aged 18-25 and 121 applications were received for these positions.

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