Simulation that lets students explore work in two entry-level positions is the core of Service Rig Floorhand 15. The simulation begins with students walking their characters down a road and up onto a rig. After completion of the simulation portion of the course, students are given the opportunity to learn on an actual oil service rig. This experience is made possible through collaboration with Ensign Energy Services Inc., a Calgary based energy development multinational that operates around 350 drilling rigs in Alberta.
Senior vice president of Ensign, Bryan Toth, believes this partnership will help students better understand both the energy industry and specific job environments. “They’ll be more aware of how to manage their safety,” Toth says.
In addition to providing experience on a real service rig and teaching safety awareness, Energy Education 35 also offers help with writing resumes and opportunities to acquire industry safety tickets.
This ADLC project is a component of the Northern Lights School Division’s Trades Exposure Program, which was awarded a $1.5-million Western Diversification grant to boost skills training. A key target demographic for Energy Education 35 is First Nations students, many of who leave school early and struggle to find work—often while living in the very areas where service rigs operate and struggle to find employees.