Statoil CEO: Oil industry has itself to blame for decline in students

Statoil's officesStatoil's offices in Martin Linge way at Fornebu. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Students flee from petroleum-related courses, and several studies barely have enough applicants to fill the available places of the studies. Statoil’s HR director believes the industry appears to be too unpredictable for the students.

The oil and gas industry has itself to blame for the poor number of applicants,  HR director Magne Hovden says according to TU.
Hovden points out that Statoil will remain a major player in the future and that the company is dependent having people in their employ with the required expertise.
– As it is, we see that many students are thinking short term. We notice that there are fewer who are interested in science, there are fewer classes with petroleum subjects, he said.
He believes that the players in the oil and gas industry have to work together and take steps to stop the student . That means continuing to recruit young graduates, accept apprentices and summer temps. And the industry must be present on educational institutions to meet the students.
– We have to tell them and show them that the oil sector still has much offer. Students should choose their studies based on where they want to work and what kind of work they want to do,  because when they are fully trained about three to five years,  the labor market may be completely different from the way it is today,  Hovden says.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today