Program Trains Recent Canadian Immigrants for Oil and Gas Jobs

The Oil and Gas Training Program (OGTP) helps recent immigrants start promising careers in the oil and gas industry

Canada’s shortage of workers with the skills needed to service its oil and gas industry and the higher than average unemployment rate of recent immigrants are both being addressed by a new Alberta program that provides oil drilling training for recent immigrants to help them get jobs in the province’s oil-patch.

The Oil and Gas Training Program (OGTP) was created by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society which administers it jointly with Enform, a Western Canadian oil and gas safety association created by major upstream oil and gas companies.

The latest class of 16 trainees graduated last week after completion of the 15-week training program. The skills they acquired will enable them to get entry-level positions in Alberta’s oil and gas industry, which has a pressing need for workers to expand oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta.

Data emerging over the last several years showing a growing income gap between recent immigrants and the general population since the 1970s has prompted non-governmental immigrant serving organizations and governments at different levels to look to find ways to improve the employment prospects of immigrants.

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5 comments

  • Would like to take part of this training and work in the Canadian oilfield.

  • I am resident of India, Indian citizen well qualified having more than 30 years of experience in HR/Administration etc. Would like to join & settled down in Canada

  • This is great news for new immigrants like myself, thou, i do not have a class 5 driving licence as a prerequisite. I am just 2 months old in Calgary and need to settle in the Oil and Gas sectors.
    I would appreciate if i can be accepted in the enrollment as i get my driving license. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • batzred@gmail.com

    I am Resident of Congo Republic and acquired bachelor 2014 in petroleum Engineering.So i would like to take part of this wonderful training in order to work in canada oilfied.

    Hope receiving positive feedback

    Kind regards

    Eddy Rodriguez

  • Emmanuel Achoja

    I am very much interested in this training programme..as i would want a career in the oil and gas sector.

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