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 safety and competency areas that is necessary for some positions. 

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 2019, we hired 281 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 1,330 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 the NEBC Stay in School program that encourages Indigenous youth from Treaty 8 First Nations to complete their primary schooling. The students receive certificates and awards for academic achievement, attendance, athletics and cultural heritage. In 2019, the program achieved its 20th year of successful work, helping 400 Indigenous students per year. 

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. We 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. 

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

For more information on our investments in education and training initiatives to support employment creation, read our 2019 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders and the Creating Employment Opportunities section of our website.

Supporting STEAM Programs

Canadian Natural also supports a number of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs in Canada and the UK. The 2019 Northern Lights Public School Division STEAM Challenge had over 350 students participate from different schools. 

Our International operations was the major sponsor of AFBE-UK’s NextGen 2019 program which aims to inspire and inform young people to consider a career in the oil and gas industry and engineering, while promoting diversity and inclusion. Students obtain hands on experience with working engineering models along with hearing inspirational talks from a diverse range of engineers. 

Barry Duncan, Vice President said: “It is vital for our industry that we do more to engage with the widest range of people possible, attracting young talent and giving more people an opportunity to embark upon a career in an industry that offers so many possibilities. Who knows what engineering and technological breakthroughs we are missing out on by simply not engaging with a wider demographic?” 

Left: International operations Engineer, Dougie Coull speaks with students at the NextGen 2019 program. Right: Northern Lights Public School Division STEAM Challenge students in the gym.