IES Landskrona has been chosen as jobs provider of the year at the Landskrona Näringslivsgala.
The F-9 school, which opened in August 2017, employs teaching and non-teaching staff from Landskrona, further afield in Sweden, and also draws a large proportion of its well-qualified teaching staff from around the English-speaking world. Today the school has nearly 500 students, and 55 staff.
The judges’ motivation stated: “The prize goes to Internationella Engelska Skolan which chose to invest in Landskrona although it might not have been the completely obvious choice from the start. They have enriched the business community and brought a new dimension to a traditional business. They have helped to put Landskrona on the map, and in opening a school have created more than 50 jobs and attracted people to move to the town. "
Ms Roelandi Engelbrecht (pictured, with her husband), who teaches physical education at the school, is one of the staff who have been recruited from abroad. She is from South Africa, and has joined colleagues from countries including the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Australia as well as, of course, Sweden.
She said: "I couldn’t be happier working for IES Landskrona, it’s a fantastic school.
"I would recommend that teachers back in South Africa come to IES in Sweden because the curriculum that is offered here is so creative, the kids are so stimulated, you can stimulate critical thinking. We have the freedom to develop our own curriculum here, which is any teacher's dream."
Mr Engelbrecht moved to Landskrona in August and has been part of the team who have worked together to open the school.
She said: "Sweden is very different to South Africa, I come from Cape Town and I really like it here, it was such a great move. My husband and I have been so supported by Mr Nilsson. The support from IES made the move effortless and easy, though getting used to the cold was an adjustment.
“We enjoy the effectiveness of everything here, for example the public transport is easy, you are always updated via an app and have it at your fingertips. It is honestly an amazing town."
The school’s Principal, Mr Chris Nilsson, attended the Näringslivsgalan to collect the award.
He said: “It was a very good night. A lot of parents were there and we got so much positive feedback.
"I want to thank the town of Landskrona for making this possible. It is a very friendly town and it is easy to do business here.
“There has been a lot of interest in coming to work for us from throughout the community and we have been able to employ a good mix of young professionals and more experienced personnel. Our staff enjoy the atmosphere in the school and the fact that we really focus on our students, and providing them with a high quality education.”
For more information about working for Internationella Engelska Skolan, or to apply visit www.engelska.se/careers/