Lack of industrial apprentices all over Norway

Tine industrial food production.A professional worker in industrial food production. Photo: Utdanning.no

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Since 2014, the number of students choosing industrial technology has dropped as much as 38 per cent, according to the Directorate for Education. This creates apprenticeship shortages across the country.

Now, the industry hopes that industry advancement will make more people choose this field of study.

“Vocational fields have probably been talked down a bit for years. Maybe it has something to do with the oil crisis we’ve been through. It might have led people to wonder if it was the right choice,” says vocational coordinator Hermod Kirkeli at Stord High School to NRK.

He says that in the past it was difficult for students to get an apprentice place, but that there is now little competition for the jobs.

“There are more than enough apprenticeships to choose from for our nine students. We could certainly find room for twice as many apprentices,” he says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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