Oslo will guarantee vocational apprenticeships

Construction Site Compliance agreementsConstruction site, Oslo. Photo: Norway Today Media

Oslo City Council will have more applicants for vocational apprenticeships and will offer an apprenticeship guarantee to students in the fields of construction, health and youth development.
The guarantee is to be part of the City Government’s profession message, which will be submitted to the City Council in December, reported the newspaper Klassekampen.

‘We see a pursuit of occupational skills decreasing, while society has a huge demand for skilled workers.

The chance that individuals will complete and pass vocational training increases significantly if people are secured an apprenticeship’, said Tone Tellevik Dahl (Labor), who is the commissioner for childhood and knowledge.

She said that the long-term goal is to put in place a guarantee on ‘as many programs as possible.’

In the current school year, there were only 96 applicants for the construction industry in the capital. It seems to Dahl that the figure is too small.

‘We will build many new nurseries, care homes and cycle paths. We need a great many skilled workers’, she said.

To ensure that there are enough apprenticeships, the plan is that the municipality, among other things, takes on the apprenticeship clauses for construction tenders.

In addition, collaboration with education offices in the industry will be strengthened.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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