Education and Training
Our Company brings together skilled workers and innovative technologies to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. We work to achieve this through the continuous support of education and training programs in the communities where we operate to enhance employability in industry and hire locally across all our operations.
For more information on our investments in education and training initiatives to support employment creation check our 2014 Report to Stakeholders.
Developing Our People
To support education and training within Canadian Natural, we provide an annual professional development budget per employee. Employees are encouraged to use this fund to keep abreast of developments within our industry and their profession. In addition to this budget, the company provides training in a wide variety of areas that is necessary for employees in their jobs.
Canadian Natural’s performance management system is another method for enabling employee development. It provides continuous feedback to employees and clear links between Canadian Natural’s business objectives and targets for each employee, as it establishes career development objectives.
In the Communities
We support a variety of career planning and training programs. To prepare the next generation, we offer summer/co-operative student opportunities as well as provide support for trades and apprenticeships. In 2014, we hired 264 university and college students for summer/co-operative work terms and, of those students, more than 65 received permanent employment.
Canadian Natural continues to work closely with First Nations, Métis Settlements and local colleges to develop skilled trades programs that are accessible and affordable for community members.
University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering
As a leader in the oil and natural gas industry, investing in the future of engineers is important to Canadian Natural in support of the industry’s long-term growth and to develop the innovative leaders of tomorrow. Canadian Natural is investing $7 million over 5 years towards the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, the single largest corporate donation in the history of the University. The gift will help expand current facilities and provide approximately 400 additional graduate and undergraduate students each year, in addition to enhanced learning, teaching, and research opportunities. The engineering complex is being named the “Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex”.
Read an exclusive article written by William D. Rosehart, the dean of the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, about the importance of education for future generations in our 2014 Report to Stakeholders on page 17. For more information on the Schulich School of Engineering expansion project, read this article with a project update and watch this video
Taking part in the event celebrating the donation are, from left: Bill Rosehart, dean, Schulich School of Engineering; Donna Kennedy-Glans, MLA for Calgary-Varsity; Bonnie DuPont, chair of the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors; Steve Laut, President of Canadian Natural; Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary; Murray Edwards, Canadian Natural Board Chair; Christina Scott, a fourth-year student in the Schulich School of Engineering; and Jim Dinning, chancellor.
Canadian Natural Building Futures Scholarship Program
Canadian Natural’s scholarship program has a focus on trades and technical studies related to the oil and natural gas industry. Since its inception in 2002, we have awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to close to 1,000 students living near our operations. For more information on our Building Futures Scholarship Program click here.
Encouraging students to Stay-in-School
Canadian Natural proactively contributes to stay-in-school initiatives across our operating areas. 2014 marks ten years working with the Northeast British Columbia Stay-in-School Program, that encourages Aboriginal youth living in their communities to complete their grade 12 education.
The students receive certificates and awards for academic achievement, attendance, athletics and cultural heritage. Every year we participate in eight communities in Northeast British Columbia with funding and time donations by our staff. Also, for the last three years, we have sponsored the Fort McKay Hockey Academy’s educational and athletic programs in the Wood Buffalo Region. The Academy teaches the students important life skills while encouraging them to stay in school.