Recruitment, kick off and academic modules. A bit about recruitment, kick-off and different amademic modules in Norway, Singapore and London. Recruitment (November 2014).

Everyone who comes through the needle’s eye of the Bønes Virik recruitment team, and the company itself, will be invited to the recruitment days in November. Five candidates for every position. After the first day, that consists of one candidate and company presentation through a short interview, the company chooses three candidates for the second day. The selected candidates check in to the hotel, then enjoy an aperitif, then follows a dinner with the company representatives. Everyone is nervous, of course, but we are attempting to make it as pleasant experience as possible. We have got feedback that this is an enjoyable evening for all.

Kick-off (April/May 2015)

After all trainees are selected during the recruitment days in November and agreed for a trainee position, they, their contact persons and mentors are invited to a Kick-off at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in April or May. This is when they meet and can get to know each other in the group. That is an amazing day with various presentations and lectures. Everything takes place on the top floor at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, in beautiful premises that symbolize long and heavy traditions for the maritime industry in Norway.

Module 1 (Tjøme and Oslo, August 2015)

The first module takes place in Tjøme and ends in Oslo. We stay at the hotel (double rooms) and have lectures about maritime industry, ship types, global shipping markets and learn about some of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s activities. We get to know each other better and have a good time. The highlight for many is the three-day sailing trip, where we really get to know each other well. Group 5 experienced that the worse the weather, the better you get to know the others. Ask them about that. We sail in 43 feet sailing yachts and the whole point is that trainees choose a route themselves, considering everyone’s wishes, weather conditions and things like that. Everyone will rotate between four different tasks on board. The sailing trip normally completes with a regatta that brings out the competitive nature in the majority. After we are back to the hotel on Sunday evening, we debrief the trip and have a dinner. On Monday we go to Wilh. Wilhelmsen in Lysaker, Oslo, - they have had trainees in all groups and are one of the world’s biggest transporters of cars and heavy loads at sea. For the end we are in Norwegian Shipowners’ Association again, up in the top floor, where the retiring group gets their diplomas, the new group is photographed, and we have a fraternization dinner with trainees from all earlier groups and are welcomed as members of MT Alumni. Both past and present trainees are members of it. And then it’s about time to start to work in the company, tanned and – well, tired…

Module 2 (Ålesund and Trondheim, November 2015)

A big part of Norwegian value cration in the maritime industry takes place at Sunnmøre. This is why we go there – to Ålesund. There we visit relevant participating companies within shipbuilding and offshore business, and as well we visit the maritime department of Aalesund University College. There we learn about navigation and operate a big ship in an ultramodern simulator. In Ålesund we eat delicious bacalao, and take the Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) to Trondheim – it cannot be more maritime. In Trondheim we have lectures at NTNU and presentations at Sintef-Marintek, so that economists and lawyers can learn more about technology. The interdisciplinary learning is important in Maritime Trainee and something that for sure makes this programme unique.

Module 3 (Singapore, April 2016)

And here comes what everyone is waiting for… – 12 hours flight to Asia and Singapore! A lot of value creation in the maritime industry takes place outside of Norway’s borders, among others – in Singapore. This is why it is natural that Maritime Trainee has a module in this little state, that is a small island, marked by the maritime industry. Here most big and small Norwegian maritime companies are represented, a list of banks and brokers, and in the shipyards Keppel FELS, Jurong and Sembawang Norwegian companies and investors build both ships and rigs, including the famous Jack-Up rigs that stand on three 100-meter tall legs that screw the rig up and down. We always have a varied program with visits to DNB Bank and Western Bulk, a tour in a yard, participation in a conference or maybe a reception at the Ambassador’s residence. And then we sit down on a school bench at Nanyang Executive Centre and receive a solid academic programme lasting the whole day with a focus on cross-cultural understanding and communication. The Centre is a part of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) that is one of two big universities in the country. We do many other things while we are in Singapore, but something you must discover yourself when you finally are a maritime trainee…

Module 4 (Bergen and Stavanger, September 2016)

The fourth module is an exciting trip to Western Norway. We start in Bergen with lectures at the Norwegian School of Economics with topics like value creation, financing and investment, as well as maritime economic history. Tension always rises when trainees have to do a free-fall with a lifeboat at Falck Nutec safety centre in Bergen. That is supposedly the world’s fastest free-fall – a drop from 30 meters height in 2.4 seconds with a speed of 80 km per hour when you reach the sea. That gives a kick, but the point with the whole thing is to experience at least a little of what it’s like to be a seafarer and learn a bit about HES (Health, Environment and Safety). From the town which is surrounded by seven mountains, the journey continues with the fast ferry “Flaggruten” to Stavanger where we visit participating companies like North Atlantic Drilling to learn more about well drilling and oil production, Teekay Shipping Norway to learn about bow tanking, and a visit to the Oil Museum to learn about Norwegian oil and gas history. In Stavanger we also have our innovation workshop led by Erik W. Jakobsen, Academic Director for Maritime Trainee.

Module 5 (Oslo, January 2017)

The Oslo module in a cold January darkness lights up when we start with two-days strategy workshop and case studies with focus on expansion, visits to most of the participating companies, one day workshop about maritime law and the annual alumni dinner in the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. The cases from the workshop, that are normally worked on day and night, are presented for representantives from the participating companies, and there’s always some excitement attached to it. The workshop is being led by Erik W. Jakobsen.

Module 6 (London, June 2017)

Is there something more natural than having the last module in London? This is one more city with a strong maritime environment, mostly within finance, insurance, agency and analysis – England is a great power in seas for a long time already. We visit Cass Business School and get an interesting lecture there, continue to Lloyd’s of London, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), The Baltic Exchange, and we receive a lecture from the world’s leading analytics at Clarksons. Finally, we have a farewell dinner that usually lasts quite long, and with a great sadness trainees realise that it is (soon) over. Or maybe this is when it actually starts.