First Lighthouse trainees designated

Viktor Daun and Erik Larsson, both from the Naval Architect program at Chalmers, will be the first two participants in the Lighthouse Trainee Programme. - We’re both thrilled, it’s going to be a great head start on our careers, says Viktor Daun.

Viktor Daun and Erik Larsson, the two new Lighthouse trainees.

The trainee program for Naval Architects start in the fall, it’s coordinated by the competence centre Lighthouse, and the participating companies represents different parts of the maritime industry : shipping companies , shipyards and manufacturers, classification societies , government agencies, designers and more.
- It will be very exciting to see a young talent come in and drive key issues in our organization , says Joakim Tholin, General Manager for the Marine & Diesel segment at Alfa Laval.

For Viktor Daun and Erik Larsson, it’s the chance for a broad range of skills and the possibility to build a broad network that attracted them the most.
- In just 15 months, we will gain a network of contacts in the industry in Sweden that otherwise would have taken maybe ten years to build, and we will get the whole picture of the industry quickly , says Erik Larsson.

There is a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from the participating companies which have selected Daun and Larsson among a number of applicants from the Master's programs in Naval Architect at Chalmers and KTH. Both are expected to be highly sought after in the job market after completing the trainee program , where the two will be on five different companies in a total of 15 months, three months on each company.

For Wärstilä it was a no brainer to be a part of the trainee program, says the company's Managing Director Kristina Furubacke:
- We want to show the students on the broad range of interesting job opportunities the Naval Architect studies provide , and we also see it as a chance to promote our company to competent persons.
In addition to Wärtsilä and Alfa Laval the participating companies in this round of the Lighthouse Trainee Programme is Caterpilar -Berg Propulsion, DNV, GL, GVA , SSPA , Stena and TTS Marine.