Kompetansebedriften: making safety training fun
By Celina Tran | Photos: Kompetansebedriften
Based in Norway, Kompetansebedriften AS is a certified safety training company and supplier of safety products. As well as being Norway’s first and largest building site for training only, Kompetansebedriften AS is the first company in Norway to offer all classes with certified safety training.
Before he established Kompetensebedriften in 2013, Anders Rivin was a mechanic and truck technician. He enjoyed teaching courses and sharing his knowledge with others, but felt the traditional approach to giving lectures could be improved.
“Personally, I felt like there were many courses out there that were important, but boring. To work in construction or offshore in Norway, safety and training courses are obligatory, but people who work in these industries don’t traditionally thrive in a classroom environment, so we wanted to offer them an engaging and fun alternative,” says Rivin.
Rivin explains that they want participants to thrive and have fun while attending the courses, which is why they’ve ensured a fun learning environment. “The course premises also has, among other things, a retro arcade machine, ping-pong tables, billiards and air-hockey table,” he says.
The staff and instructors at Kompetansebedriften AS have extensive experience in equipment use, repair, service and lecturing, guaranteeing that the course attendees leave with all the knowledge they need and more for their respective industries.
“Each course tailors training to the learner’s needs. In addition to the complete theoretical and practical training they receive, each participant gets a mentor to help them through the courses,” Rivin says.
Plenty of non-Norwegian speaking workers from other countries migrate to Norway to work and rely on Kompetansebedriften for the right training. Though the company is Norway-based, their knowledge-sharing is not limited by language barriers.
“We offer courses in different languages, including English and Polish, with native speakers giving the lectures,” says Rivin. “For the speakers of languages we don’t have in-house instructors for, we have translators.”
Kompetansebedriften AS offers lessons to both large businesses and individuals. “Our philosophy is simple: the key to a safe and efficient working day is knowledge and the right equipment. By giving the correct training, we can reduce accidents and incidents, thus saving lives,” says Rivin.
The wide range of courses span offshore, construction machinery, cranes, first aid, FSE, HSE, fire protection, scaffolding, and trucks. The courses can be taken in person or online.
“We want to become Scandinavia’s largest certified instructors and safety equipment providers within construction and offshore,” says Rivin.
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