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Attracting the young

March 10, 2004, 09:45 CET

No less than 2,600 people have applied for the 27 trainee jobs being offered by Statoil in 2003, reflecting steadily growing interest in this programme since it was launched in 2001.

These applicants had submitted a total of 5,400 applications when the deadline expired in February.

“We’re pleased and proud that so many talented young people want to work for us,” says Anne Marie Skjæveland, manager for the corporate training programme in the personnel services unit.

“We’ll be making a big effort to meet their expectations. If we’re going to succeed as a company, we must attract good personnel so that we can continue to build an able organisation.”

Open to candidates aged below 30 with a degree-level education, the trainee programme has been created to accelerate the development of talented young employees.

The aim of these two-year traineeships is to meet the group’s long-term need for expertise, and their holders gain knowledge of its value chain.

They also acquire a good commercial understanding of the group.

Statoil generally scores high as an attractive employer among the newly-qualified in Norway, and graduating students have been ranking it as a top choice for a number of years.

“The trainee programme is not the only way into Statoil for people who’ve completed their education,” says Ms Skjæveland.

“Most of our new recruits are appointed to jobs which have been advertised in the conventional way.”