Education and Training
Education and training initiatives are one of the top priorities guiding Canadian Natural’s community investment decisions. We strongly believe that education and training are fundamental to our mission of developing a more skilled workforce and creating more sustainable communities in the areas where we operate.
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.
Developing the Communities where we Operate
In 2013, we continued to support career planning and training programs. We provided funding for programs and scholarships, and built partnerships with educational institutions.
We offer summer/co-operative student opportunities as well as provide support for trades apprenticeships. We hired 401 university and college students for summer/co-operative work terms and, of those students, over 50 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.
Some of our investments in external initiatives include:
University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering
As leaders in the oil and natural gas industry, investing in the future of engineers and the engineering profession is important to the growth, success and safety of Canadian Natural’s operations. Canadian Natural is investing $7 million over 5 years in the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. The contribution will be put towards renovating and expanding the facilities to accommodate approximately 400 additional graduate and undergraduate students each year while helping to create enhanced learning, teaching, and research opportunities. The gift results in the naming of the engineering complex as the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex.
For more information on the University of Calgary donation see media sheet below:
Canadian Natural Building Futures Scholarship Program
This 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 about $1,000,000 in scholarships to more than 800 students living near our operations. As we grow, we also need good, qualified people, especially in our field operations. Every year more than 130 successful candidates are awarded Canadian Natural Building Futures scholarships.
For more information on our Building Futures Scholarship Program click here.
North East BC Aboriginal Stay-in-School Program
We invest in a stay-in-school program that encourages Aboriginal youth to complete 13 years of school (K-12). 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.
For more information on our investments in education and training check our 2013 Report to Stakeholders.