ROYAL VISIT: Graduation with HRH Crown Prince Haakon at VARD

November 2015 ROYAL VISIT: Graduation with HRH Crown Prince Haakon at VARD

An important day for five young Brazilians that have completed the full Dream Learn Work program. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland congratulated them on their efforts. The graduation was realized in the occasion of The Crown Prince’s visit to Rio de Janeiro and hosted at the VARD shipyard by the Norwegian maritime cluster.

With the help of Dream Learn Work, Edson Arthur, Maxwell, Lucas, Marcelo and Jarlesson have become welders and electricians. Now, they work at VARD and VARD Electro, completing DOFs newest offshore handling vessel. They are realizing their dreams of a professional future. Norwegian companies and the Norwegian government help their dreams come true.

"I don't know where I would be without Dream Learn Work. I'm so happy they gave me the opportunity to study," Marcelo says after working for a year as a welder at VARD. DLW also offers continued training for those that are starting out in the labour market. Lucas, electrician at VARD, spends his days working and his evenings studying to achieve a technician degree. The degree is sponsored by DLW.

Parabéns and tusen takk
The students received their diplomas from the Crown Prince and was also congratulated by Minister Monica Mæland and Jan Brønsten, Senior Vice President and COO of VARD. The Portuguese congratulations “Parabéns” was met with Norwegian thank yous “Tusen takk” from the students.

Lucas Silva de Souza (20) held a speech in English on behalf of all the boys graduating, thanking for the opportunities Dream Learn Work and Karanba has given him and how he was happy and proud to participate. All the participants was excited about the ceremony and found His Excellency very sympathetic and with a good sense of humour.

Dream, Learn - and Work
We have been strengthening our efforts in the Work area these past few years, and the graduation is a concrete example that the efforts make a difference. With visits to companies, meetings with professionals, mentoring and job search workshops, we prepare DLW candidates for the job market. DLW partner Kongsberg Maritime participate in the “A Day at Work” project, where a DLWer in training gets to spend a day in a company. Employees at Rolls Royce Marine mentor four DLWers and follow them on their journeys into the job market.

Long term-commitment
Many partners have been with DLW since the start. Halvard Idland, president of DLW, commented: “It makes me extremely proud, on behalf of the Norwegian companies, to say that the six founding companies - DOF, Vard, Kongsberg, DNV GL, DNB and Jotun - are all present today, and have made a huge long-term commitment to the program. The proof is standing beside me, these young men who has gone through the program and are now working here at Vard, building a vessel for DOF, being equipped by Kongsberg, certified by DNV GL and financed by DNB. That is what I call long-term commitment.”

Showcasing social responsibility
The event was hosted by The Norwegian Shipowners Association. They wanted to not only showcase the Norwegian maritime industry in Brazil but also concrete examples of corporate social responsibility. Dream Learn Work and Karanba was invited to present their projects and partnership at the event. DLW participants are recruited from social partners. The graduates were recruited from Karanba, Abrigo Rainha Silvia and Bola Pra Frente.