Fewer apprentices in construction
The number of apprentices in upper secondary education has decreased by approximately 2,000 from 2008 to 2009. The decline in the number of apprentices is most apparent in the male dominated vocational studies, particularly in building and construction.
A total of 36,000 apprentices participated in upper secondary education as per October 1 2009, which is a 6 per cent decrease from the previous year. While the number of female apprentices has increased slightly, the number of male apprentices has dropped by about 2 500 since 2008. In the male dominated building and construction trade, the number of apprentices has declined by approximately 13 per cent compared with the preceding school year. In the field of health and social care in contrast, the number of apprentices has increased substantially, and has now passed 4 700. This is a 17 per cent increase from the previous year.
Fewer attend program for restaurant and food processing
The number of pupils taking the education program for restaurant and food processing has experienced a gradual decline in the last few years. A total of 4,600 pupils were registered in this education program in 2009, which is a 24 per cent decrease since 2006. The number of apprentices in the restaurant and food processing field has been reduced by 300 since the previous school year; a 13 per cent decline.
Source: Statistics Norway