Sydvaranger apprenticeship program commenced August 2018 with a goal of developing the locally based talent pool. The company’s very first apprentice is 23-year-old Asef Ahmadi, who came to Norway 6 years ago from Pakistan and is now undergoing training to become an industrial machinery mechanic.
“Sydvaranger is a great place to work – I believe that as long as we all work hard and pull together as a team, we have every opportunity to succeed. There is nothing I want more than for the company to ramp up to full production, as this would have such good impact on the local community and the people living here. I consider myself lucky to have landed an apprenticeship with the company, and I strongly recommend others to apply for the apprenticeship program. I look forward to every working day and will hopefully be offered a permanent position with the company when the apprenticeship is completed,” Asef says enthusiastically with a big smile on his face.
Sydvaranger’s core values are Teamwork, Enthusiasm, Ambition and Motivation (“TEAM”), and Asef exemplifies these values. In addition to being an apprentice he is working in a local grocery shop, as he is not only supporting himself, but also his family back in Pakistan. Coming from a part of the world where getting an education and landing a job can be difficult, Asef values being able to getting a proper education. As the oldest of 5 children, he considers it his responsibility to make sure his siblings get a proper education.