Summer jobs available for students in Latvia

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Every year, the State Employment Agency (NVA) offers students job opportunities during the lengthy summer holidays. Applications have begun and several companies have already found their employees, Latvian Radio reported on May 17.

Electronic applications are open until August 17. In order to apply, students must fill out the application questionnaire on the NVA home page.

Pupil summer employment is implemented from June 1 to August 31. The pupil participates in it for up to two months. Pupils aged between 15 and 20 years who acquire education in general, special, or vocational education institutions will be able to work in workplaces co-financed by the State.

The professions are very diverse – shop assistants, waiters, florists, cook assistants, and many others. Demand is not only on the part of pupils but also on the part of employers.

One of the employers is the Riga International Airport. This year, the airport offered more than 80 pupils a summer job. Airport vacancies are very demanded every year, so the application is over.

The vacancies offered by the airport are passenger service agents, security inspector's assistants, office staff, archivists, communication specialist assistants, personnel management, IT assistants, and others. 

According to Ilze Salna, head of communication projects at Riga Airport, this program is not only an opportunity for pupils, but also for employers: "We are not only faced with situations that, for example, a pupil has been on Shadow Day with us at the airport, and then we get an application when we announce a summer job, then in this case, in the letter of motivation, young people also point out that they have been with us on Shadow Day and would like to continue to get to know the airport processes and airport works, so they also apply for work in the summer at the airport. And what is another pleasant moment, we also have a number of colleagues at the airport whose first introduction to airport work has taken place within the framework of their summer work, and then they have learned what it means to work at the airport, and now, after reaching age, they have chosen us, and have been working at the airport for several years now."

After announcing the available jobs, people on social networks started to talk about the fact that, in most of the vacancies in the field of tourism and hospitality, applicants were required to know Russian. There was a broad discussion about why this was needed, particularly in professions such as the cook's assistant, where this foreign language may not be so necessary, so the NVA addressed the situation and agreed with individual employers on the removal of the requirement for Russian knowledge from advertisements.

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