Many youngsters living in Finnmark county, northern Norway are not choosing to study to get jobs in the oil and gas industry despite increasing opportunities, researchers say.
“When it comes to oil and gas industry, There are many young people in Finnmark who welcome the oil and gas industry to their country, but few who want to work in this sector,” says Trond Nilsen to website forskning.no.
The senior Norut (Northern Research Institute) researcher continues, “Hardly any have chosen their education with a view to working in the oil and gas industry in the future. This is especially in the case of girls.”
Several oil companies want to recruit local and regional labour, including Eni Norge for its local office and Goliat platform.
Whilst 60 employees are to be transferred from Stavanger, with plans for 60 more office staff with expansion. Goliath construction is also well underway, and the company needs between approximately 150 and 200 personnel for both Hammerfest and Goliat.
Norut Alta’s survey reveals young people have little interest in the petroleum industry, and seem to have little knowledge about it, however.
At the same time, a high percentage of the respondents said that new opportunities are being provided by an expanding oil and gas industry, which makes it more attractive for them to be in Finnmark or come back to the county after graduation.
About 70 percent of youth in Hammerfest and Honningsvåg said that in the future, they either see Finnmark as one of several places they would choose to live, or wish to remain in.
1,130 students in the towns of Hammerfest, Honningsvåg and Alta participated in the survey.