Vocational education programmes

Here are brief descriptions of the nine vocational education programmes in Norwegian upper secondary school.

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Education programme for building and construction technology

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This education programme opens for many vocations in the building and construction industry. You can, for example, become a construction worker and specialize in road work, construction work, asphalt laying or laying railway tracks. Other options include becoming a house painter, bricklayer, carpenter, plumber, scaffold builder, roofer or tinsmith.

Common to all these trades is that you should like hands-on work and have manual skills. You should also like working in a team, as many construction projects require close cooperation between many trade groups.

Education programme for design and crafts subjects

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This education programme has a wide scope and after taking this you could apply for work in many handicraft trades. You may for example become an occupational therapist, floral designer, furrier, folk costume maker, hairdresser, goldsmith, glassmaker, cabinetmaker, organ builder, piano tuner, pottery maker, shoemaker, tailor, blacksmith, woodcarver or watchmaker.

If you want to choose this education programme, you should have creative skills, be accurate and like to work with your hands.

Education programme for electrical and electronic subjects

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If you choose this education programme, you may become an electrician, electrical repairperson, lift fitter or automation technician. Other possible jobs might be in the computer industry, in the processing industry, electronics industry, mechanical industry, power stations or railway operations. You may also find employment in the airplane industry as an
avionics technician or mechanic, or in the oil industry, working with remotely-controlled submerged operations.

Common to all these trades is that you must work accurately, safely and systematically. Good colour vision may be a requirement. You also need to have practical manual skills.

Education programme for health and social subjects

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If you would like to work with nursing or caring for others, this may be the choice for you. You may, for example, become a chiropodist, medical secretary, dental assistant or pharmacy technician. You could also become a child care and youth worker, care worker, ambulance worker or prosthesis and orthotics technician. Relevant employment can be found in hospitals, the home nursing services, day-care centres or recreation centres, dental offices, medical offices or pharmacies.

If you wish to choose this education programme it is important that you like people and are able to care and show consideration for others.

Education programme for restaurant trades and nutritional subjects

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This education programme gives training in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry and the food processing industry, but also qualifies you for work in other companies that process and produce meat, fish, beverages, and bakery and food products. It qualifies you for employment as a baker, confectioner, fishmonger, sausage maker, butcher, waiter and cook.

These vocations require manual skills, accuracy and cleanliness. When in direct contact with customers it is vital that you are focused on providing good service.

Education programme for utilization of natural resources

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If you choose this education programme, you may later work in nature and with natural resources. You could become a gardener, fisherman or farrier, or you could find employment in gardening, aquaculture, reindeer herding, agriculture or forestry.

If you wish to choose this education programme, you should be interested in nature, have manual skills and like working outdoors.

Education programme for service and travel

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This education programme trains you for working in an office, travel agency, hotel reception or as a sales representative or security guard. Other areas include ICT servicing, the transport industry, professional driver and working with logistics, which includes goods transport and planning goods flow and storage.

A service employee fronts the company, so you should be polite, friendly and have service in mind, and you must like dealing with people.

Education programme for media and communication

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If you choose this education programme you can become a photographer or media graphic printer and work, for example, with production of printed matter, web design, multimedia production, TV graphics design or design for digital communications. Other options include working with advertizing or illustration for a publishing company or advertizing agency.

In these industries you need good colour vision and creative abilities. You should also be able to communicate with others in writing and verbally, and you should also be interested in information technology.

Education programme for technical skills

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This education programme trains you for more than 50 vocations in the technical and electro-mechanical industry, the ship-building industry, the textile and ready-made clothing industry, the car industry, chemical processing industry and the oil industry. You may become an aluminium designer/maker, welder and toolmaker, bookbinder, graphical printer, locksmith, seaman, ship engine engineer, industrial sewing operator, operator in the ready-made clothing industry, construction machinery mechanic, crane and lifting gear operator, vehicle body repairman, vehicle mechanic, operator in chemical or metallurgical processing industry, laboratory technician, or drilling and well operator.

You should prefer practical work and have good manual skills, and you should be able to work independently and accurately and be interested in new technology.

(Source: Pedlex/vilbli.no)