Local workforce won’t be enough for future battery factory in northern Sweden

Battery manufacturer Northvolt’s CEO Peter Carlsson speaks with journalists in Stockholm in connection with Northvolt’s completion of the financing of his planned battery factory in Skelleftea on June 12, 2019. (Tove Eriksson/AFP/Getty Images)
The company Northvolt plans to recruit more than 2,500 people to its planned battery factory in Skellefteå, which is scheduled to open in 2023.

The manufacturer says the local workforce in the northern town will not be enough to meet its need.

So this month the public employment service is drawing attention to the giant recruitment campaign with an information tour at 14 of its offices around the country. And English language skills are seen as a prized commodity.

Radio Sweden went along to one on Thursday to find out more.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Communities in northern Canada struggling with high fuel prices, CBC News

Finland: Finnish housing companies hesitant to install charging stations for electric cars, Yle News

Norway: Electric car sales skyrocket in Arctic Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Arctic electric rally hits the road towards Northwestern Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: EU gives financial push to battery factory in Northern Sweden, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: Alaska’s first, electric public transit bus ready to hit Anchorage streets, Alaska Public Media

David Russell, Radio Sweden

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