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Come on in - the marine world is lovely

The push to recruit the skilled workforce of tomorrow is underway across the marine industry as a whole. Brunvoll, Norwegian specialists in design, manufacture and support systems for propulsion, positioning and manoeuvring of advanced, seagoing vessels recently welcomed nearly 600 young people with a view to inspiring them to choose vocational education.

In collaboration with Molde Næringsforum and a number of other players, from industrial companies to training offices and industry organisations, Brunvoll hosted a careers day for tenth graders from Molde and the surrounding area.

“Our region has a lot of industry in a relatively small geographical area. If we are to keep the workplaces, value creation, traditions and professional expertise locally, it is crucial that we recruit young people for vocational education and after each apprenticeship with us, and with other companies, says Fredrik Wicken, HR coordinator at Brunvoll. He has particular responsibility for following up the apprentices in the company.

It was the Brunvoll apprentices themselves who showed the visiting students what the work at Brunvoll entails. There were stations for mechanical work, welding, surface treatment, automation and machining. 

Second-year apprentice Georg Nesje was in the assembly department and helped the students assemble rack gears. “I was at the Career Days here myself as a tenth-grader, and I remember that we got to drive an excavator simulator and weld on a propeller plate. There was a lot to look at and many possibilities. I have always known that I should start with something like what I am doing now, mechanical work,” says Nesje. He is very satisfied with his time at Brunvoll so far.

“It's nice to be able to work with practical work, we have a nice working environment, good equipment and everything is well looked after. Then you also learn a lot in a short time,” added Nesje as he helped the students install wheel bearings and orient the gear correctly.

One of the pupils who got to try out was Jørgen Vatne from Hustad children's and youth school. “I've heard very good things about Brunvoll, so I definitely want to work here. I strongly believe in getting straight into working life. I have considered applying for the YSK line (Vocational and study competence at the same time), so that I can have a week at school and a week in the company during the education course,” said Vatne.

Brunvoll worked with several other companies to arrange a variety of stands for the students. “It is important for students to enter a factory and see how things are done. Brunvoll is unique because they have so many of the relevant subjects in their production, so that students can see the entire value chain and how the various subjects depend on each other. Brunvoll is a good role model with many apprentices, and it is extra nice that they are the ones who get to talk to the students themselves. After all, it is the youth who speak best to the youth.”

Fredrik Wicken, HR coordinator at Brunvoll summarised,“We hope that many of today's young visitors will be inspired to choose vocational subjects, so that we will get many good candidates for our apprenticeships and workplaces in the years to come. And we think it's a good idea for the parents to get an insight into all the exciting things going on here, so that the young people get support at home to choose some of the professions needed in the industry, whether it's electricity, machining, automation or something else.” 

Exhibitor; Brunvoll Mar
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