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.

Developing our people

To support education and training of staff, 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, we provide training in required safety and competency areas that is necessary for some jobs.

Through Canadian Natural’s performance management system, employees receive regular feedback and clear links between the Company’s business objectives and each employee’s goals, as this establishes career development objectives.

In the Communities

Education and training initiatives also guide our community investment decisions. 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 2018, we hired 256 university and college students for summer/co-operative work terms.

Encouraging students to stay in school

  • 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 $1.37 million in scholarships to more than 1,220 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 2003, we have supported this program that encourages Indigenous youth from eight communities to complete their Grade 12 education. The students receive certificates and awards for academic achievement, attendance, athletics and cultural heritage.

Supporting post-secondary programs

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex

    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 towards the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, the single largest corporate donation in the history of the university. The ‘Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex’ opened in 2016 and provides students a hub from which they can grow and develop new technology ideas.

In 2018, the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Graduate Scholarship was formed to support full-time graduate students in a thesis-based program in the fields of economics, geosciences, engineering or management. The 2018 recipient of the scholarship is doing research on global warming and climate change.

Canadian Natural also supports other undergraduate scholarship programs at Lakeland College (Vermillion Campus), Medicine Hat College, Robert Gordon University and University of Aberdeen.

For more information on our investments in education and training initiatives to support employment creation, read our 2018 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders and the Creating Employment Opportunities section of our website.