Trainee weekend in Hafjell and Bremanger daily life

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For a weekend in early March the technical trainees were lucky to be able to meet up at Elkem HQ’s cozy cabin in Hafjell. Here, we could enjoy the great variety of ski slopes. We had the pleasure to be joined by Eyde trainee, Solveig Steinsland, and former trainee, Ellen Døli on this trip.

Picture description: A lot of happy faces in the slopes. From left: Sofie Aursjø, Solveig Steinsland, Marie Stoknes, Ellen Døli and me.

This blog post was written by our first year trainee Marthe Erdal Kjelstadli.

The trainees travelled from different parts of the country and everyone arrived safely on Friday night. We of course started the weekend with the traditional Friday night tacos and continued the cabin traditions with a round of Yatzy. I quickly realized that this was not my speciality. In the meantime, Solveig showed off some mean dice throwing skills.

When Saturday came it was finally time for some skiing. We divided in two groups; one for cross country skiing and one for downhill skiing. The slopes were great and we had gotten some new snow during the night. This made it possible to ski a little offpiste in the woods, which of course was a lot of fun.  

Riding the gondola. From left: Bård Sve Wallentinsen, Sofie Aursjø, Ellen Døli, Solveig Steinsland, me and Marie Stoknes.

Since this weekend was during the Nordic World Ski Championships, we of course took the lunch break during the women’s 30 k race. With four Norwegians finishing first, it was definitely a good day to be Norwegian. After a long day in the ski slopes, it was time for the after ski party. The trainees definitely owned the dance floor, and everyone showed off their best dance move. A tired group of trainees eventually returned to the cabin. Some of us got an interesting adventure when we tried to find the way back to the cabin in the dark while we were skiing. However, with a little help from local guides we managed to get back to the cabin without needing to walk much uphill. Back at the cabin, we ended the night with a nice dinner and good conversations.

The group gathered for dinner. From left: Bård Sve Wallentinsen, Sofie Aursjø, Solveig Steinsland, Andrea Nicolaysen Carlsson, Heidi Sæverud Hauge, Marie Stoknes and me. Photo by Ellen Døli.

Unfortunately, a weekend with loads of fun always ends too quickly. The Sunday came, and it was time to leave Hafjell for this time. Thank you to all the trainees and the extended members for a great weekend, and thanks to Elkem for letting us borrow the cabin and making this trip possible.

Back in Bremanger I am currently just about to finish my first trainee period, where I have been working for the Silicon division at Silgrain. Feedstock from Furnace 5 in Bremanger is here chemically processed to make unique fine-grained products. Silgrain has hundreds of different customers and is continuously working with optimizing the product to each customer. Therefore, Silgrain also has hundreds of different products. The products are used in applications varying from electronics and polysilicon to ceramic body armor and batteries. This makes it important to have an especially close customer relationship to find the right product to each one. In my work at Silgrain I have been fortunate enough to be involved with this work. I have participated in market meetings, customer meetings, and developing products to fit customer’s needs and specifications. The primary focus for me has although been to work with an improvement project for one of Silgrain’s high quality products. This has been a challenging project that has taught me a lot, and it has shown me that the solution is not always what you pictured in the first place.

Bremanger has amazing nature to offer. When it finally stops raining, it is stunningly beautiful and I have enjoyed exploring the surroundings here a lot. Here are some pictures from my adventures:

To the left: Sunset from Hornelen, highest sea cliff in Europe. To the right: The view from Gulebrystet.

To the left: Grotlesanden. To the right: Hammocking after work.

To the left: Sofie Aursjø and I got to experience a snowy, but also sunny hike to Sandsegga while she was visiting. To the right: An afternoon hike to Sandsegga.

Finally, I would also like to use this opportunity to thank everyone that I have worked with at Elkem Bremanger, especially my colleagues at Silgrain. You have given me a great trainee period and included me in the work environment. It has also been good to spread a little femininity to a group normally highly male-dominated.

Now I will be off to Bluestar Silicones and France for my second trainee period. That calls for big changes – from little Svelgen to big city life in Lyon!