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Switched from health studies to industrial trade certificate

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Emma Vang and Lars Remi Pedersen have both switched from health studies to industrial trade certificates. Industrial companies hope that many more will train as industrial painters and concrete workers, there is a rift about these apprentices.

It is actually possible to change your mind and get a trade certificate in other areas if the training office facilitates such exchanges.

Emma Vang and Lars Remi Pedersen did it. Lars Remi left an educational course in health subjects and has now completed his training in concrete work. Emma Vang jumped off her health worker career and chose the industrial painting profession. And both have chosen skills that provide work, and are in demand.

From health subjects to industrial paints

Emma Vang (21) was actually to become a health professional. That's not how it went. "This summer I saw an ad, where Bilfinger IM searched for people for some construction subjects. I applied, but never thought I would qualify for an interview." The result was an apprenticeship contract as an industrial painter at Bilfinger IS in the surface contractor department.

Emma said that she had painted a house and got to try out that subject in a summer job. "We were interested in letting Emma test the subject this summer," says Torstein Bratthetland in the Painting Department. "She did a good job. Emma was involved in a complete renovation of a loader for Yara. We gave Emma proper assignments, and she enjoyed the subject. Then we thought she should train as an industrial painter, and we offered an apprenticeship."

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INDUSTRIAL PAINTS: After a well-completed summer job Emma Vang (21) got an apprenticeship as an industrial painter.

Emma completed two years of health subjects from high school. Therefore, she needs to do some more learning and read up on the theory required to become an industrial painter. "I get good help from my sponsor, and I get time to get acquainted with the professional theory during working hours. I really like it here and look forward to getting equipment so I can start sandblasting."

"I have tried my hand at spraying as well, but I have not found the rhythm there yet," says Emma. "It is important to get the right wrist technique."

Concrete certificate, very well passed

Lars Remi Pedersen (24) opted out of health subjects in favor of the concrete subject. It was obviously a good choice, because on the exam he got the grade "very well passed". It is a result not many can point to, and of course he got a permanent job when the test was passed.

Willy Haugvik is a concrete professional and responsible for the apprentices within his field. He has followed many apprentices until the trade test, but this is the first time some of them have passed "very well" as a grade on the trade certificate. "I am very proud of Lars Remi," Willy smiles.

"What does it take to get a top grade?"

"When the top grade is given, the apprentice has done the little extra so that it is easy for the examiners to see that the apprentice has become a skilled professional," Willy explains. "No mistakes, and the work should have a finish that is out of the ordinary."

Switched from health subjects to concrete

"I was very pleased with the result," says Lars Remi. "I had expected to pass, but had not expected the top grade."

The 24-year-old started his education path in health sciences, but switched to the concrete subject along the way. "I studied health and upbringing with child and youth worker subjects and was to gain study qualifications. The goal was a career as a social worker, but I just did not get in. Then I had to take up some subjects, and during that period I worked here at Bilfinger. I enjoyed it so much that I stayed on. The working environment was good, and I liked concrete work, so it was not really that difficult to change subject area."

two people dressed in work clothes sitting on a pallet

Trade certificate: When the test was passed Lars Remi Pedersen (24) got a permanent job. To the right, Willy Haugvik who supervised Lars Remi to his trade certificate.

Passed theory as a privateer

Previous work experience was accepted, and he did a test after one year as an apprentice. He passed the theory as a privateer, also with good results. "I did not need to study that much. I learned most from my colleagues at work."

The usual path to a trade certificate is two years at school and two years as an apprentice. Lars Remi has thus taken an unusual path to the certificate. In the future, he will work in Bilfinger's Entrepreneur department.

"There is a great demand for concrete skilled workers, and there is a rift about the apprentices," Willy Haugvik says. "This means that the job prospects are good in the industry, and we would like many more to choose this subject."

Benefits of choosing skilled profession

The benefits of choosing education for skilled work is that the possibilities for further education later are very many. The training office facilitates that you can always change subject, as Emma and Lars Remi have done. The apprenticeship will be slightly extended if you have not had the correct program subject, and you must also take an interdisciplinary exam in the new subject.

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