The School of Work

The main role of the School of Work is to provide students from the upper grades of primary school with constructive summer jobs and education in a safe work environment. All students in grades 8, 9, and 10 can work on a wide range of assignments in Reykjavik, mostly involving gardening and maintenance.


Parents enroll their adolescent children using an electronic enrollment form for the School of Work. An electronic ID or IceKey is required. All enrolled students from grades 8, 9, and 10 will be given a job.


Information about hourly wages, pay periods, pay slips, vacation payments, personal tax credits, illness, and permits.

Daily working hours

Grade 8

  • Students work for 3.5 hours a day.
  • The daily work schedule for groups is either 8:15am–11:45am or 12:15pm–3:45pm.
  • The work is either before or after lunch for one week at a time. Thus, the working hours of the groups are expected to change on a weekly basis.
  • Please note that students cannot work exclusively before or after lunch during their period of employment.

Grades 9 and 10

  • Students work for 7 hours a day.
  • The daily work schedule is 8:30am–3:30pm.

Employment period

All grades

Each student will be allocated work during one working period in the summer of 2023.

  • The first period is June 9–29.
  • The second period is July 3–21.
  • The third period is July 24–August 14.

Each period has 15 working days. Work is carried out all weekdays except holidays.


Students are grouped by their age and place of residence. Today, it is rare for students to join groups outside their district.

In a few cases, students from grades 9 and 10 are grouped together, usually when their school has fewer students.

Usually, students are grouped with their peers from the same school—friends should not expect to be put in the same group. We believe that it is healthy for everyone to meet new people and work with someone other than their closest friends.

Workplaces & Facilities

We have workplaces at most of Reykjavik’s primary schools, so many students are put in the group at the closest school to where they live. A few workplaces are located inside the district, or in public parks, and 1 or 2 are outside Reykjavik.

  • Since all work is conducted outdoors, it is essential that students wear protective clothing and good work shoes and work gloves.
  • All workplaces have facilities for meal breaks. Since we do not have access to schools, we use work sheds.
  • It is important that students pack a good lunch and drinks, because they are not expected to go shopping during meal and coffee breaks.
  • Students with facilities in work sheds have access to dry toilets, or bathrooms at the school.
  • Students who work in Austurheiðar/Úlfarsfell commute by bus. In other cases, students will receive a bus ticket to get to work if their work school group is located outside their home neighborhood.

Assignments & Worker Safety

The School of Work is an open-air school, and most of the school's assignments are focused on maintaining greenery and garden beds around Reykjavik. There are some painting projects every summer—mostly intended for students with and they are especially conceived for students with plant allergies.


The School of Work partners with the Peer Education Center run by Hitt Húsið Youth Center in Reykjavík. Peer educators enter all 9th and 10th grade groups with a variety of prevention education. The education concerns a wide range of topics through discussions and team building games that seek, among other things, to enhance the teenagers' self-image.

Any other questions?

Send inquiries to

or call us at 411-1111

  • Office of the School of Work- Borgartún 12–14, 105 Reykjavík.
  • The School of Work Service Center - Fiskislóð 37C, 101 Reykjavík.