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. Canadian Natural continues to support the Northern Lights and this program preparing Alberta high school students with a foundation to potentially pursue other journeyman career paths.

A new training centre opened in Bonnyville in April 2016, featuring a service rig training facility on a well, classroom space and a scaffolding shop, where participants can 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 “Orientation to Service Rigs”, 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 training is open to all high schools in Alberta, and more than 50 students participated in the oil rig training so far. Future plans for the facility include further trades-related programming, including online programs for remote education opportunities. 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.

For additional information, visit the Trades Exposure Centre’s website.

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