Eirik Lerbrekk Skjulestad is one of the apprentices who has worked the longest at Berget. He makes sure that the machines run as they should.
– The apprenticeship at Berget has been very good – and very flexible! I have been working as an automator since August 2019, so I am starting to get good experience with this! As an automator, I provide service, maintenance and repairs of various machines, including the CNC machine, which Kjersti works a lot with.
Benefits for both us and them
The apprentices see the benefits of being placed in a smaller company. Not only do they get to do a lot of different things, but everyday life is flexible, they get easily involved, and are not focused on just one task, as in larger companies.
Not only do the apprentices see benefits from the collaboration with Berget, but Joakim also points to several benefits for the company.
– We want to contribute to giving the young people opportunities, and see great benefits in this. But we as an apprenticeship company also benefit greatly, and see the value of having apprentices deployed with us. Not only do we get to train our own employees, but Kjersti, Zacharias and Eirik came in as a breath of fresh air with their knowledge. It is always an advantage to get younger people into a number of industries – also in this one. We learn a lot from each other!
For a bustling Notodden
The labor market is something completely different than several decades ago. It is not always easy for young people to get to work. Joakim can agree with this.
– It is important that the companies that have the opportunity for this, take the social responsibility to contribute as an apprenticeship company. I think this is especially important for Notodden; that we give young people an opportunity to get into working life quickly, and potentially get newcomers here. At the moment there is a shortage of jobs here in the city, but if we can make this happen, we will also be able to develop Notodden and have a bustling life in the city center!
We at Berget are lucky to have such committed and skilled apprentices, and we are happy to be able to contribute to the local community in Notodden, concludes Joakim Lerstang