Training for careers in oil and natural gas

Corporate Responsibility

Training for careers in oil and natural gas

The Trades Exposure Training Program from the Northern Lights Public Schools is a prime example of local organizations and community partners coming together to provide an innovative learning experience for the next generation of oil and gas workers in Alberta.

The training centre, located in Bonnyville, features a service rig training facility on a well, classroom space and a scaffolding shop, where participants gain practical experience. This alternative to a standard curriculum gives students an opportunity to discover the trades, and learn through combined hands-on work at the service rig training centre and the accompanying “Orientation to Service Rigs” course.

This project came to fruition with support from Western Economic Diversification, industry and local companies. Canadian Natural has contributed to the course and towards the majority of the costs associated with the drilling of the well. “Canadian Natural is proud to be involved in this project that will enhance the employability of the upcoming local workforce,” said Andy Astalos, Operations Superintendent.

The Trades Exposure Training Program is open to all high schools in Alberta, and more than 73 students have participated in the oil rig training so far. A new camp facility is now available for students travelling from long distances to stay at the site for the duration of the program. Also, a new online scaffolding course was piloted in 2017, which will include a practical component with certified scaffold instructors. Northern Lights also announced partnerships with the Tribal Chiefs Employment and Training Services Association, North East Alberta Apprenticeship Initiative and Trade Winds to Success Training Society, to expand its training opportunities to adults.

Canadian Natural continues to support the Northern Lights and this program, equipping Alberta high school students with a foundation to potentially pursue other journeyman career paths. For additional information, visit the Trades Exposure Centre's website.

Industry members and officials who helped make this project a reality.