The apprentice who became a manager
Wearing safety boots, a hard hat, ear defenders and orange work clothes, Simen Dokken (24) walks between tall piles of tyres, wrecked cars, planks, plastic and chips at Ragn-Sells Borgeskogen site in Stokke, Norway. He works here as a foreman, with responsibility for what comes in and what goes out to landfill and making sure that everyone does their job.
- When I tell people what I do at work, I get the impression they think it’s an important job. I’m proud of this workplace and of my job, and I think it’s both meaningful and important, says Simen Dokken.
From apprentice to manager
It is summer 2013. Simen Dokken is 19 years old, really fed-up with college and with no idea what he is going to be. All of a sudden, he gets an offer from an employment agency for a summer job at the environmental company Ragn-Sells. This also turned out to be the initial nudge towards an apprenticeship as a recycling operator – a course he didn’t even know existed. Now, five years and one apprenticeship later, Simen Dokken has landed his first management position with the same company.
- It’s really great that they put so much faith in me and gave me so much responsibility after such a short time – and shear good luck that they went for me. It’s proof that it pays to work hard and with a goal, and to stick at it, says Simen Dokken.