Royal cooperation for the young in Norway
About 110,000 young people in Norway are excluded from society, meaning they are not in work or education. To encourage these youngsters to choose opportunities in construction, Skanska is cooperating on a Construction Introductory program with Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Foundation (Haakon Magnus and Mette Marit).
In connection with the program, Skanska will provide training for young people in need of a new start for a better life.
"This is a good example for the youngsters, for corporations and society. It is very good that companies can offer such opportunities," said the Crown Prince when he participated in construction activities in conjunction with the program's launch.
"We are convinced that kids that have somehow slipped out of a societal context have a lot of potential. And we are happy to be able to show what opportunities there are in our business," said Ståle Rød, President, Skanska Norway.
The initial two-day introduction drew twelve young people who took part in such activities as a safety induction, scaffolding, fire extinguishing, fall-protection as well as BIM 3D modelling. This is followed by a two-week testing and learning period for those who want to see whether the industry is something that appeals to them.
"It has been a pleasure to see the participants' enthusiasm and I think we have met some of our future employees," says Skanska's project leader Eline R. Friis.
Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Foundation (Haakon Magnus and Mette Marit) aims to get young people to complete their education or to take on a job.