Alongside his position as foreman, Kim has contact with 14 blacksmith apprentices, as well as young people from the initiative High.five, which helps young people out of a criminal path. The young people who come to Bladt with High:five on the sidelines contribute in completely ordinary jobs such as laborers. Kim relates to the young people and is confident about his role towards them.
Meet Kim Neve
There must be salt water running in Kim's veins. He has worked offshore for many years, both for Bladt but also on a drilling rig for EOS in Esbjerg, today Semco Maritime, with whom Bladt has a close collaboration on substations. For the past several years, however, Kim has worked on land.
Kim Neve is foreman and apprentice manager at Bladt's site in Aalborg. Kim was originally trained as a smith, and has spent a total of 31 years at Bladt, where he was also apprenticed from in 1989. For Kim, the contact with the young people is the part of the work that makes the biggest difference on a personal level.
"It's not an assembly line - every day something new happens, and you have to be on your toes," says Kim Neve about his working day. A day-to-day life that sometimes involves project execution of some of Bladt's biggest projects, namely the production of substations.
“It's exciting to deal with the young people - to teach them something. We've come a long way. We've created our own little workshop. I also go over and weld with them - and have contact with the school. We cannot make demands on the young people without them also being able to make demands on me. We don't take them in because it's cheap labor - we bring them in because we need them. The primary goal is to keep them - unless they have to travel.”
Kim's daily life can look very different, depending on whether there is a big project. When, for example, a topside is made for a substation (the part of a substation where the power is collected from the wind turbines before it is sent ashore, ed.), it is the daily contact with customers, colleagues and sub-suppliers that takes up most of the time. On such projects, it is Kim's task as Site Manager that the actual production of the topside takes place on time.
“Everything that needs to go into a topside, that's what Bladt has to coordinate. For example, we help Semco lift their things in - all the lifting work. Semco ensures that it works. I am happy to go to work. Being busy doesn't stress me out. I only have two arms and two legs, and I'm good at saying "I'm off" when I'm not at work.”
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