Empowering our People Through Training and Development

Corporate Responsibility

Empowering our People Through Training and Development

At Canadian Natural we know that people are the foundation to our business; we develop people and ensure we have the right people with the right skills. Developing people strengthens our culture and drives us towards our goal of execution excellence.

In addition to the skills and expertise that employees and contractors have when they are hired by Canadian Natural; they receive on-the-job training, as well as access to web and classroom based learning. Training offered by Canadian Natural includes required safety and competency courses, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities. Competency training helps make sure all workers are competent to complete assigned tasks safely and effectively, with minimal or no supervision across our different operational areas. Read our 2015 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders for more information on our investments in competency training.

To ensure the safety of individuals and those around them on worksites, we have systems in place that measure and track every employee’s competency and skills training for each operating division. We started implementing a centralized Learning Management System (LMS) for our North American operations to provide a single point of access for all training and to manage records in a consistent way. The LMS tracks any type of training or professional development required, including safety, competency, or continued professional development credits/hours required to maintain professional designations. LMS centralizes classroom course registration, computer-based training, and report generation for compliance and competency measurement. For example, in 2015 we implemented new interactive computer-based courses for NA E&P and Horizon to reinforce risk-mitigation, hazard recognition and incident reduction. These new courses are now part of the LMS profile and available on both our Employee and Contractor portals, to ensure “No Harm to People – No Safety Incidents” in the workplace.

The LMS is also able to use materials that comply with the Sharable Content Object reference Model (SCORM) and third party training. SCORM is a set of technical standard for e-learning software products used by industry. All results are automatically captured within the LMS to provide standardized certificates of completion.

At our United Kingdom (UK) operations we use a Competence Management and Development System (CMDS) to track the development of our people. For offsite training, we use a variety of training providers and follow a training matrix which looks at all the training requirements of the various supervisory roles offshore. The UK competency program is comprised of approximately 49 courses which are required dependent on the specific job role.