HR specialist, Axel Kronen Grønning and WW Academy learning manager, Emilie Wågsæther.

HR specialist, Axel Kronen Grønning and WW Academy learning manager, Emilie Wågsæther.


With the maritime trainee programme on hold due to a dampened industry outlook, the Wilhelmsen group heads to new frontiers in our hunt for future talent.

After 10 very good years and 20 highly skilled maritime trainees within the Wilhelmsen group, The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association decided to put the “maritime trainee programme” on hold. Especially offshore companies could not continue with the focus and funds needed to sustain the maritime trainee programme. Therefore, Wilhelmsen decided it was time to take a different approach and make our own programme. This time however, we will have a very specific agenda: create a programme that attracts talent for the digital future. Our company depends on it.

“We decided to create the digital trainee programme now that we saw an indefinite pause in the maritime trainee programme”, says Emilie Wågsaether from Wilhelmsen Academy and Axel Kronen Grønning from Wilhelmsen HR. They both emphasise that pausing the old trainee programme opens a much-needed doorway into creating an exciting and relevant digital talent programme. “We have always been very fortunate with the excellent talents we acquired through the maritime trainee programme, but this new opportunity enables us to purposely seek pure digital competence and mind-set”, says Axel.

“Wilhelmsen is arming itself with a new breed of maritime employees. The markets and the world has already entered a new time. We simply have to keep up. New skills are needed to support the solid competence and know-how we already have.”

The digital trainees are expected to be in place beginning of 2017. The recruitment process has already started. Once on board, the digital trainees will rotate a minimum of two times during the 18-month long programme. “We will find and recruit two digital trainees. They will work on digital projects in the group, with a clear goal of supplementing the work being done and challenging our ways of thinking”, says Emilie. Once the 18 months are over, each trainee will rotate into the digital solutions team, which you can read more about in this issue.

Emilie and Axel agree; “Wilhelmsen is arming itself with a new breed of maritime employees. The markets and the world has already entered a new time. We simply have to keep up. New skills are needed to support the solid competence and know-how we already have”.

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