Record year for apprentices in StatoilHydro

On Tuesday September 1, apprentices from all parts of Norway were welcomed to an information meeting in Bergen. Photo: Helge Hansen/StatoilHydro

The number of applications to StatoilHydro’s apprenticeship programme is record high. 168 of 1500 applicants have passed through the eye of the needle.

StatoilHydro is presently one of the companies in Norway with most apprentices, and every autumn the company takes on apprentices from the whole country. A good 60% of them are offered an apprenticeship at one of the company’s onshore facilities and almost 40% are given offshore assignments.

”The apprenticeship programme is important to ensure the expertise needs of tomorrow,” says Jens. R Jenssen, senior vice president for corporate human resources. ”StatoilHydro finds it important to take on as many apprentices as possible and help them qualify for their certificates of apprenticeship. We therefore have a good tradition for taking on more candidates than the company needs for its own recruitment.”

In their training period the apprentices continue their theoretical and practical competence training at a high level. Many of the candidates are offered a job in the company. Apprentices, who have passed their qualifying examination after completing their training in the company, are entitled to a job in StatoilHydro for two years following their training period.

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