Growth in oil and gas sector requires huge investment in workplace learning

    Employee training is the focus during Learn @ Work Week
    September 24 - 28, 2007

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Employment in the oil and gas sector has
increased 22% from 1997 to 2006, a faster pace than the national average,
according to a recent study in Perspectives on Labour and Income. Along with
increased employment comes a greater need for employee training, specifically
those programs related to operations and safety.
    Ed Kamps, Manager of Human Resources at Suncor Energy's operation in Fort
McMurray, Alberta, says: "The need for training for new employees will only
get bigger. We are expecting 10-20% employment growth over the next year."
    In order to raise the profile of workplace learning at Suncor, the
company has joined the growing list of Learn @ Work Week 'champions' -
organizations across Canada that are putting the spotlight on the activities
and impact of their learning and development programs during the week of
September 24 - 28.
    Learn @ Work Week is hosted annually by CSTD (The Canadian Society for
Training and Development) to encourage the recognition of the impact of
workplace learning to business success, and to highlight best practices within
the learning and development community. From presentations to poster displays
to employee awards, companies across the country are recognizing the role of
learning in contributing to Canada's economic development.
    Mr. Courtney Pratt, Honourary Chair of this year's Learn @ Work Week,
says: "Learning is about driving higher levels of performance and success for
organizations. I also strongly believe that learning is about helping
employees reach their full potential - so they can contribute to their
organizations, to their communities, and to Canadian society as a whole."
    For Suncor's oil sands operation, a blended learning approach that
includes computer-based learning, classroom sessions, and on-the-job training
provides the essential link to meeting performance expectations for its 3,500
employees. Their Learn @ Work Week activities include highlighting their
Learning Stewardship Network, internal training opportunities, and employees'
self-directed learning projects.

    About CSTD

    CSTD is a strategic world leader, driving excellence in workplace
learning and performance, impacting business success. Established in 1946,
CSTD is Canada's only national association for workplace learning and
performance professionals. With 18 chapters and 2,100 members from
coast-to-coast, representing the public and private sectors, CSTD exists to:

    -  establish and maintain professional standards of competence in
       workplace learning and performance.
    -  provide opportunities for the advancement of members and the workplace
       learning and performance profession through innovative programs and
    -  dialogue with government, institutions and industry to advocate for
       enhanced understanding of the workplace learning community.

For further information:

For further information: about Learn @ Work Week contact Lynn Johnston,
CAE, President, CSTD,, 1-866-257-4275, ext. 25 or (416)
367-5900, ext. 25

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