What is it like to be an apprentice at Aibel?

Aibel always has between 90 and 100 young apprentices under training. The company welcomes new apprentices every year.

(Photo: Øyvind Sætre)

"At this very moment there is hectic activity and many people who are taking their apprenticeship examinations with us," says Kjell Stava.

Stava is the person who ensures that the apprentices circulate through all the jobs and courses that they need. He is committed to taking good care of them and helping them enter their chosen professions.

"For many people, the apprenticeship marks the start of a long career, both onshore and offshore, as skilled employees of the company. The majority who take apprenticeship with us will be offered a permanent job after qualifying examination is held," says Stava.

Daily life as an apprentice at Aibel is varied and stimulating. Here, you can read more about how two people who currently are apprentices and one who completed the certification process last year have experienced being an apprentice.

Veronika Skogøy
Veronika Skogøy is 19 years old and started as an apprentice with Aibel in September of last year. She is an apprentice automation technician and is currently working at Kårstø checking the monitoring cameras to ensure that they are functioning properly.

"The working environment is absolutely excellent. I have great supervision and the people are also quite nice. There is always somebody who is checking to make sure that things are going well for us and ensuring that we have performed various tasks," says Skogøy.

She is currently being contracted out to Statoil to perform so-called commissioning work.

"We work together with Siemens on adjusting the cameras that are fastened to masts and mounted on columns here at the plant. While one person follows along on the screens, we go out and perform tests, troubleshooting and adjustments," she says.

In addition to the daily follow-ups, all the apprentices have monthly meetings with the tradespeople who are in charge of them. The meetings are called Toolbox Meetings.

"We talk about what we have done and are able to discuss things we are wondering about. It is extremely good to have the work summed up in this manner," says Skogøy, who has one year remaining in her apprenticeship.

Veronika Skogøy hopes to get a job with Aibel when she has passed her apprenticeship examination. Even though forecasts for the oil services industry are negative this year, she has faith that the market will turn again.

Halvor Hansen
Halvor Hansen is 20 years old and has been an apprentice at Aibel for one and a half years. This summer, he will be taking his apprenticeship examination as a sheet metal worker.

"I build things that go out onto the North Sea and am given work on both large as well as small projects. I have just worked for three weeks on the Dolwin Beta wind platform. It was really nice," says Hansen.

He states that he chose Aibel because the Aibel employees he knew recommended it highly.

"At the same time, I like the fact that Aibel is a large company and also offers good possibilities for working offshore," says Halvor Hansen.

As a sheet metal worker, his working days are varied and stimulating. Hansen says his days often start with a morning meeting, where the jobs are assigned and precisely who will be working together is decided.

"We get a package that describes the job and approximately how long we should spend on it. First, we read the drawings and plan the job, then we locate the tools and the parts we need and then get started on it," says Hansen.

Hansen recommends becoming an apprentice.

"There are so many trades to choose from and you experience many new things. In addition, you are guaranteed to meet many excellent people.

Håkon Vikse
Håkon Vikse is 21 years old and received his trade certificate in November of last year. He has a permanent position with Aibel now and is working as an electrician on the Gullfaks B oil platform.

Electrician apprentice 

"I am doing quite well at Gullfaks B. The platform is not one of the largest, but it is fine and the working environment is extremely good," says Vikse.

He states that there is a great emphasis on HSE and that working in a safe manner is mandatory.

"We are quite pleased to follow the procedures. In addition, we are good at communicating between ourselves and the other trades. Plus, we always work together with another person. In a way, we have a partner," says Vikse

Vikse feels that he has learned a lot and was allowed to try a lot of things as an apprentice at Aibel. He spent the majority of his time at the land-based facility at Kårstø and on the wharf at Haugesund.

"It was really great everywhere and a good learning environment at Aibel, I think. There are special people who are hired to look after us apprentices and ensure that we always have good supervision.


Towards the end of the apprenticeship, I had two tours out on a platform and that that was the best thing ever. That was essentially why I chose Aibel – because I wanted to work offshore," says Håkon Vikse.

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Published 2015-02-13, 15:20 CET Updated 2015-02-16, 07:37 CET

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Aibel starts new apprentices every year in September.

The application deadline is 1 March.

The company accepts apprentices for Haugesund and Hammerfest.

Relevant areas this autumn are: electrical, automation, mechanical (welding, industrial plumbing, sheet metal worker, industrial mechanic, logistics) and telecommunications.