"In 2007 we're taking on a record number, despite the fact that this year, we will not have cook or security apprentices," said Else Sorstronen Amundsen, training coordinator for the apprenticeship scheme.
The 134 young people will be spread over eight disciplines as automation technicians, electricians, industrial mechanics, chemical process operatives, office and materials administrators, laboratory technicians and crane operators.
The increase in the number of apprenticeships is greatest on offshore installations, with intake more stable onshore.
According to Sorstronen Amundsen, the Hammerfest LNG plant at Melkoya, northern Norway, will play a key role in the scheme. Five will be recruited there. Last year, Kaja Klaebo Hjelseth started as the very first apprentice at the plant.
This year's intake will be advertised on Friday 12 January with a start date of 1 September. The apprenticeship period is two years in most disciplines.
"It means a great deal for the group to take on new apprentices," Sorstronen Amundsen emphasized.
"The scheme contributes to Statoil getting the experts required in the future. The large number of placements shows that we take a socially responsible role in that more candidates have the opportunity to take a trade certificate. We can't promise permanent employment in Statoil after the period is over, but apprentices form an important recruitment base for our operations units."
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