Maritim Trainee

Maritim Trainee

Master’s degree in economics, technology, or law, from leading universities in Norway and abroad

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About the programme

The Maritime Trainee programme is operated by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (Norges Rederiforbund) on behalf of the maritime industry in Norway. Maritime Trainee involves some 25 companies in the maritime industry as a whole; shipowners, shipyards and maritime equipment companies, oil rig companies, classification societies, law firms, banks and shipbrokers.

Maritime Trainee seeks to give each trainee a basic understanding so that he/she becomes capable of mastering numerous functions within the maritime industry, already at an early stage of his/her career. Candidates should hold a master’s degree in economics, technology, or law, from leading universities in Norway and abroad.

6 modules in Norway, Singapore and London

The programme runs over a two-year period. It consists of working in your company and participating in an academic programme of 35 days spread across six different modules. The academic programme is to fill several purposes: The most important is to increase the trainees’ expertise through lectures, group projects and company presentations. In addition, the academic programme is an arena where trainees may discuss their experiences and build important and lasting alliances and networks. Last, but not the least, it is important that the trainees gain a broad understanding of the maritime industry globally.

The two first modules of the academic programme take place in Norway, as do the fourth and fifth modules. The third module is held in Singapore. Through 7 days the trainees will visit several Singaporean companies and Norwegian affiliates. They will also visit the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU) for lectures on political and cultural issues. The sixth and last module takes place in London in the summer.


Group 9 under way

The first Maritime Trainee programme started in August 2005 and finished in June 2007. Group 11 will start in August 2016 and finish in June 2018. As a maritime trainee you will become part of an alumni group counting some 220 current and previous trainees, this will give you an invaluable network into the most global industry in Norway.

The crew

Mr Tom O. Kleppestø (MSc) is programme coordinator, Erik W. Jakobsen (dr.oecon) is Academic Director and Ms Cathrine Sørensen  from Bønes Virik AS is in charge of the recruitment process that is run collectively for all companies in the programme.

For more information: Please feel free to contact the programme coordinator, Mr Tom O. Kleppestø, at

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