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Establishing battery school

The five vocational schools in Viken, Vestland, Rogaland, Nordland and Innlandet join forces to establish Norway's first vocational school course for the battery industry. The planned start is already in the autumn, with admission from approx. August 2022.

The BMW Group in Germany has long since started training skilled workers for the battery industry

The target group for the vocational school offer is employees and professionals who will be employed in the battery industry. The group consists of skilled workers (operators), vocational school engineers, middle managers and others who need extended competence for professional practice in the battery industry. The target group must have a relevant vocational certificate or equivalent real-life skills, or higher vocational education. Based on experience, the competency modules will also be relevant for candidates from the HE sector, such as e.g. engineers, writes Viken Vocational School on its website.

The EU estimates the composition of skills in a battery factory to include 10% unskilled workers, 50% skilled workers, 20% with a bachelor's degree, 10% with a master's degree and 5% with a PhD.

The offer sets up a learning outcome that provides a broad understanding of Industry 4.0 in addition to pure battery and process expertise. This will facilitate the expansion of job content, work tasks and areas of responsibility for operators in the battery industry, which will lead to improved productivity and adaptability. A key learning outcome is increased competence in process-related digitization and automation, which will make the operators relevant as participants in ongoing improvement projects for the company.

The planned subjects (course modules) will have the following topics:

  • Battery industry and sustainability, 5 credits

  • Electrochemistry and materials engineering for batteries, 15 credits

  • Flexible Digitized Battery Production, 15 credits

  • Logistics and Traceability in production, 10 credits

  • SMART Maintenance, 5 credits

  • Industrial Intelligence, 10 credits

- Battery cell production in Norway is pioneering work and the Norwegian battery vocational school will be an important contribution to the long-term development of the Norwegian battery industry, says Tove Nilsen Ljungquist, executive director for operations at FREYR Battery, in a press release and adds:

- FREYR will need a lot of employees and we look forward to seeing the battery school train competent and skilled employees for our factories in Mo i Rana. I encourage qualified people to apply to the battery vocational school. For the younger people who will apply for upper secondary education in the spring, I would encourage them to apply for electrical and computer technology, automation, industrial technology and industrial subjects, as this provides a good basis for further battery specialization. For bachelor's and master's degree studies, the subjects materials technology, chemistry, automation, cybernetics, digital technology, energy and the environment will be highly relevant to the battery industry.


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