Education and Training

Corporate Responsibility

Education and Training

Our Company brings together skilled workers and innovative technologies to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. We support education and training programs in the communities where we operate, designed to train and enhance employability in industry, and to hire locally across all our operations. Read our stories about developing people as an important part of Building Sustainable Communities.

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 staff through apprenticeship program

Canadian Natural is keenly aware of the crucial role education and training plays in developing people. Our Apprenticeship Program at Horizon Oil Sands is helping employees learn new skills and achieve significant career goals through hands-on experience. To date we’ve had a total of 15 graduates — 12 heavy equipment technicians (HETs) and three electricians.

The program was launched in 2011 and was initiated with the intent of sponsoring our own homegrown tradespeople who would go on to fill vacant positions within the Maintenance team at Horizon. The candidates usually start out with Canadian Natural, either as labourers or as fuel and lube technicians. Success in the program also requires a lot of dedication and commitment from those applying, requiring completion of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training, plus eight weeks of technical training per year, for a period of four years. Canadian Natural covers expenses related to their field of study, and provides apprentices with the ability to gain hands-on experience in their chosen trade.

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 support for trades and apprenticeships. In 2017, we hired 329 university and college students for summer/co-operative work terms. For more information on our investments in education and training initiatives to support employment creation, read our 2017 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex officially opened

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 invested $7 million over five years towards the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, the single largest corporate donation in the history of the university. The new “Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex” opened in 2016 and represents a renovated learning space for 400 additional graduate and undergraduate students annually. Read more about the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex.

Encouraging students to stay in school

Canadian Natural proactively contributes to stay-in-school initiatives, including:

  • Building Futures Scholarship Program
  • Canadian Natural’s scholarship program was developed to assist students in pursuing their career goals. With a focus on trades and technical studies related to the oil and natural gas industry, we have awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships to more than 1,300 students living near our operations since program inception in 2002. For more information on our Building Futures Scholarship Program click here.
  • Northeast British Columbia Stay-in-School Program
  • Since 2004, we have been supporting this program to encourage Indigenous 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.
  • Work placement opportunities for students
  • Since 2014, we have maintained a strong relationship with the Robert Gordon University (RGU) Foundation in Aberdeen through the Barbara Rae Access Scholarship. Barbara Rae was a Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRI) Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Team Leader who died in service, and it was a way of honouring her memory to have an access scholarship in her name. The Barbara Rae Access Scholarship aims to support students through their education in the face of financial hardship. We now have two Barbara Rae Access Scholars who are progressing well in their education and have had the opportunity to gain work experience at CNRI. Both scholars have access to mentors who can offer support and guidance along the way.