As a trainee you will receive salary according to Norwegians standards for trainees.
Working hours and payment
Trainees work regular full time working hours of approximatly 37,5 hours per week. They are entitled to 1 ½ days off (connected) weekly. Payment should be received monthly. There are two kinds of payment: piece work and work paid per hour. The type of payment received will depend on the type of work they are doing. In most cases (apart from the exeptions where trainees are paid ‘piece work’) they will earn an hourly wage plus holiday pay.
- Per Hour: Trainees in agriculture and horticulture earn a minimum of 78,63 NOK per hour (March 2015).
- Piece work: Refers to payment made according to the amount of work the trainee does. The rate is fixed by the local association for soft fruit and fruit farmers and will be set on the contract.
- Holiday pay: Shortly before their departure from Norway trainees will be paid an additional 10.2 % of total net income earned during the period (net – after tax). In Norway, this sum is known as “holiday pay”.
- Overtime work: Trainees may be offered the opportunity to work overtime. It will depend on the host and the season. Any overtime agreed outside of the contract, should be written and agreed separately by both the host and the trainee.
Travel, board and lodging
You must be prepared to pay your own travel expenses from your home country to the host/company where you have been placed. If you have applied for a work permit before going to Norway, you should not buy your ticket before the work permit is granted. (Remember to contact your host/company to give information about your exact time of arrival as soon as you buy your ticket).
The host/company will offer you lodging during their stay (you may be asked to pay NOK 33,- per day for this). The lodging will normally comprise of a communal kitchen, living room and a bathroom shared with other trainees, and a place in a bedroom with 2 – 4 beds in each. You are responsible for keeping the living area clean and tidy. You should have use of a washing machine, cooking facilities and most hosts will offer access to internet. Full details on specific living arrangements are listed in each hosts information form that the trainee will receive before departure. You must buy your own food and cook your own meals (please note that food is rather expensive in Norway).
What you need to bring
What you need to bring will depend on the type of work you are doing and the time of the year you come. Specific requirements for each placement will be listed in the hosts’ information form. Generally trainees should bring clothes for outdoors such as raincoats and rubber boots. Trainees who stay during the autumn and winter, should bring warm clothes and footwear. It can get rather cold in Norway! It may be necessary to bring sleeping bags/bed linen, towels and other necessary personal equipment. You should contact your host prior to departure for further details on what to bring.
The Educational Component
This is aimed to give you a complete picture of how the business is being run, both in theory and practice. The specific content of the theoretical programme and the practical work programme will depend on the host/company production. A copy of this programme should be received prior to coming to Norway.
The Cultural Component
Through living in Norway and interacting with Norwegian people you will learn more about Norwegian customs and way of life. You may be offered excursions and trips throughout Norway as part of your educational programme and are also encouraged to take the initiative to arrange trips and cultural activities in your spare time. Atlantis holds regular social meetings for all trainees in Norway, giving you the opportunity to visit Oslo and meet other international trainees (the invitations or these are sent out via the e-mail address on your application form, so please ensure it is clearly written).