Aker Starts Recruiting for 6th 'International Talent' Program

Aker Solutions has launched its latest two-year program aimed at finding "international talent" by opening its application process.

In a statement Monday, the Norwegian oilfield services firm said that this year it will select young people for the program from Brazil, Malaysia, Norway, the UK and the US. Both domestic passport holders, as well as foreign nationals, can apply for the program from these countries.

This will be the sixth round of Aker's 'International Talent Programme' that is aimed at developing young people with potential for careers in the oil and gas industry. The firm expects to select 15 candidates.

The previous intake, in 2011, attracted almost 1,400 applications.

The program is an intensive two-year, on-the-job learning experience that consists of eight-month assignments that cover different roles, businesses and locations across the Aker Solutions group around the world.

"The objective of the International Talent Programme is to attract and develop talents that will build our company globally. We recruit talents from some of our strategic growth regions. By giving them various assignments throughout the organization, they will be able to share their experiences from different business segments, regions and cultures. This is an important part of realizing our international growth ambitions," said Program Manager Anette Bjerke.

Aker Solutions is on a major recruitment drive as the firm seeing "growth in all oil and gas markets worldwide". The firm is targeting growth of between 9 and 15 percent per year between now and 2015, and expects to add more than 1,600 jobs in the UK during that period.


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