The programme


Maritime Trainee has been operated in Norwegian for groups 1 through 6, but from Group 7 we conduct the programme in English due to non-Scandinavian trainees. So far, the programme have

seen participants from Brazil, China, Japan, the USA, Sweden and the Netherlands. We also welcome non-Norwegian companies to join the programme.


About the Programme

On behalf of the maritime industry in Norway, The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (Norges Rederiforbund) launched the trainee programme in August 2005. Altogether, “Maritim Trainee” involves some 40 companies in the maritime industry as a whole; shipowners, ship yards and maritime equipment companies, oil rig companies, classification societies, law firms, banks and ship brokers. Maritim Trainee seeks to give each trainee a basic understanding so that he/she becomes capable of mastering numerous functions within the maritime industry, already at an early stage of his/her career. The trainees hold a master's degree in economics, technology, IT or (maritime) law, from universities in Norway and abroad.


5 Modules

The programme will in the future run over a 18-months period. It consists of a combination of working in one company and for some of the trainees being an intern in another trainee company. Included is an academic program of 30 days in five different modules. The academic programme is to fill several purposes: The most important is to increase the trainees' expertise through lectures, group projects and company presentations. In addition, the academic program is an arena where trainees may discuss their experiences and build important and lasting alliances and networks. Last, but not the least, it is important that the trainees gain a broad understanding of the maritime industry globally. The two first modules of the academic programme take place in Norway, as do the fourth and fifth modules. The third module is held in Singapore. Through 7 days the trainees will visit several Singaporean companies and Norwegian affiliates, ship yards etcetera. They will also visit the National Technological University of Singapore (NTU) for lectures on cultural issues. The sixth and last module takes place in London in May or June the second year.


10 Groups so far

The first Maritim Trainee programme started in August 2005 and finished in June 2007 with 25 trainees. Including Group 10, which started in August 2015, some 210 young graduates have been or are maritime trainees.

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The Crew

Dr.oecon. Erik W. Jakobsen is Academic Director for the programme, while Mr Christian Svane Mellbye (MSc) is programme coordinator. Ms Karin Gjerløw Høidahl, Competence Director at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, is also part of the team on behalf of the companies in the Norwegian Cluster.