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The main function of the Work School is to provide students from the final grades of primary school with constructive summer jobs, as well as education in a safe working environment. All students in grades 8, 9, and 10 can work on a wide range of assignments in Reykjavik, mostly involving gardening and maintenance.
Enrollment starts in the beginning of April 2023.
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.
Each student will be allocated work during one working period in the summer of 2022.
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.
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.
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 Husid Youth Center in Reykjavik. 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.