A win-win situation
The preparation courses were created in collaboration with Byggopp, the Education Office for the construction and civil engineering profession, EBA and the Education Office OKAB. The courses have been free and the workers have been paid for their working hours. In addition, the participants have received compensation of NOK 20,000 each.
- We want to motivate as many of our employees as possible to take professional certificates, says Hedland.
- It is a necessary measure to be able to deliver tenders in our industry. It is often required that at least 50% of the employees are skilled workers with a certificate. At the same time, it is our goal to develop our employees professionally. This is therefore a win-win situation for us, explains Geir Nordbø, who is project manager in the construction division of NRC Group Norway.
Norwegian language skills and better communication in the projects is an important benefit of taking a vocational certificate, says supervisor Robert Daniel Pytlas.
- Everyone who has taken a diploma in Norwegian has had to learn all the technical terms. Many of us speak English, but we want to speak Norwegian. It´s easier to work together when everyone speaks the same language, says Pytlas.
- In my opinion, everyone who is going to work in Norway should have a certificate in Norwegian, he says.