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From pupil to skilled worker

As an apprentice with Equinor, you will receive training in one of Norway’s largest and most recognised apprenticeship companies. We welcome hundreds of apprentices each year.

We provide you with professional training of a high standard and challenge you to learn on the job. When your apprenticeship is over, you will have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge in your subject, and everyone who completes the apprenticeship time in Equinor has the opportunity to apply for a permanent position.

At Equinor we have a long-term perspective to our apprentice programme and are increasing the number of apprentices we take in to ensure the recruitment of employees with important competence for the future.

We will post our 2021 Apprentice positions early January 2021, with application deadline in February.

(To become an apprentice in Norway, you must have completed upper secondary education in Norway in accordance with the Norwegian Education Act)

Recruitment information

Equinor offers both onshore and offshore apprenticeships. If you find an apprenticeship that is suited for you, simply send your application electronically.

We require good grades and a good school attendance record. You must have an approved learning process from VG2 or VG3. We are looking for individuals who are conscientious and work well in teams.

If you are offered an apprenticeship with Equinor, a written training contract will be set up between you, the company and the county authority (Fylkeskommunen). You will get an instructor who, together with the technical supervisor, will be responsible for the training. The instructor will help you get acquainted with the work environment and colleagues.

Remember – we are looking for apprentices that take an active part both socially and professionally. Practical work combined with theoretical understanding is essential to making the apprenticeship successful.

Recruitment process    


Please complete our digital application form, enclosing all relevant documents, such as your CV and transcript of grades. When we have received your application, a confirmation will be sent to your provided email address.


Candidates invited to the recruitment day will be asked to come to our offices at Sandsli in Bergen. The recruitment days will take place in  March. The invited candidates will be asked to allow half a day for interview, a joint presentation about Equinor, and a tour of our digital lab. You will be invited to attend the morning or afternoon session of this event.


Apprenticeship employment offer letters will be sent out after the recruitment days – from mid-March and onwards. Candidates that do not make it through the screening will get information about this on an ongoing basis through the whole recruitment process.


Welcome aboard - you're one of us now. At Equinor your development begins on day one. Whether through the multitude of courses offered at Equinor University or on-the-job learning across disciplines and locations - you will find a wealth of tools and resources available to help you build your career.

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What’s it like being an apprentice?

The apprenticeship lasts from 18—30 months, depending on trade.

Accommodation and pay
If you qualify for student grants for living away from home, we will provide you with accommodation. Apprentices will be compensated based on a standard pay scale.  

Job opportunities
Upon completed apprenticeship you may apply for a job at Equinor, but we do not guarantee that you will get one. That is because we recruit more apprentices than the company itself needs, thus giving more people the opportunity to qualify for a certificate of apprenticeship. 

Map of Norway showing city locations

Our apprentices work at the Mongstad refinery, the Kollsnes processing plant and the Sture terminal (all near Bergen), the processing plant at Kårstø near Stavanger, our industrial facility at Tjeldbergodden near Kristiansund, the Snøhvit plant outside Hammerfest, in addition to at the research centres in Trondheim and in Porsgrunn. Some of the apprentices work on Equinor-operated installations on the Norwegian continental shelf. 


Learn what makes Equinor a different type of energy company

Apprentice disciplines

Our apprentices work within different disciplines throughout the company:


Universum Awards 2020

Most popular in our class


At the 2020 Universum student survey, Equinor was ranked the most attractive employer among Norwegian technology students for the 24th year running! We achieved 2nd place with business students and 3rd for IT in this year’s survey. Universum surveyed 13,100 students at 26 Norwegian universities and colleges before announcing this year’s winners.