Young Summer Workers in Denmark

Young Summer Workers in Denmark

Young Summer Workers in Denmark

18 / 7 - 2019

Offering temporary summer jobs to youngsters is a great way of introducing them to the realities of having a job and the IST offices. The Växjö office has a long-standing tradition of summer workers, but this year Business Region Denmark also introduced some summer positions with Business Support. The overreaching theme of the temporary positions was the United Nations' sustainable development goals and their implementation at the office.

As a starting point, positions were offered to children of coworkers at the IST office in Roskilde. Following the theme the UN's sustainable development goals and sustainability, Sustainable Assistant Elisabeth Wandel put together a week of activities for the young workers between 13 and 17 years. During the week, the six teenagers  worked with the UN’s sustainable development goals and considered how the IST office in Roskilde and the employees can contribute to some of them.

"We have chosen to offer summer jobs this year to gain a little more speed toward reaching the world goals at IST. The young people come up with ideas and inspiration for how we can translate the goals into practice, and we get great value from that," says Anne Frederiksen, CPO - Chief People Officer at IST.

Focused Work on the Sustainable Development Goals
The teenagers worked with all the sustainable development goals, but focused on eight of them - the  eight goals IST can contribute most significantly to. These goals are: 4 Quality education, 7 Renewable energy, 8 Good jobs and economic growth, 9 Innovation and infrastructure, 10 Reduced inequalities, 12 Responsible consumption, 13 Climate action and 17 Partnerships for the goals. 

The first step was based on education, information and discussion. Two of the youngsters came up with some suggestions for how the workers at IST can help with this process. To begin with, the group built two message boards where the employees could pin suggestions, thoughts, and ideas about how they can help the sustainable development goals come true, both at home and at work. The aim was to make the employees think about how IST can help reach the sustainable development goals through the use of their products or by doing things in a different way,  and then to share these thoughts with their coworkers.

Swapping Market and an Insect Hotel
On the third day you could already tell that the teenagers were taking over. In the hallway they built a swapping market, so the employees could bring in their old stuff and replace it with something new that their colleagues had brought. Recycling, upcycling, and circular economy in action! Soccer shoes, cookbooks, clothing, and much more was swapped through the day. The teenagers hope that the IST employees will come up with a lot of different and creative ideas and inputs to their sustainable development goal-board and try to make IST more sustainable in the future.

Furthermore, as a first small step towards making the office a more environmental friendly place, an insect hotel was installed at IST office Roskilde. The week ended with a world-goal-bingo for all Roskilde employees on Friday afternoon.

Want to read more about the sustainability work at IST? Read more about how we plan to become a sustainable company here.