There is a shortage of teachers and preschool teachers. At the same time, many of the new arrivals in Sweden have a background in teaching.
The idea of the fast track for teachers and preschool teachers is to get new arrivals into schools and preschools as quickly as possible, via work experience and employment.
Targeted for those with degree-level qualification
Studies can begin while still an asylum seeker, making it possible to receive supplementary training in subjects such as Arabic and English. The fast track is targeted at those who hold a degree-level qualification from another country as a teacher or preschool teacher, and can be completed in just one year.
The fast track consists of several different parts. At its core is the supplementary teacher training (kompletterande pedagogisk utbildning – KPU) which prepares the teachers for the Swedish school system. The KPU also includes workplace training.
Provided at six universities
From April 2016 (when the fast track was launched) to April 2018, a total of 1 304 people have participated or participates in the fast track. The fast track training is provided at six universities: University of Gothenburg, Malmö University, Linköping University, Stockholm University, Umeå University and Örebro University. These are the same universities that currently offer the supplementary training for foreign teachers known as ULV (utländska lärares vidareutbildning).