As operator of oil and gas fields in Papua New Guinea and exploration activities in the Middle East and North Africa, Oil Search recognises that developing the skills and capabilities of our people is of vital importance.
Oil Search offers an exciting and rewarding work environment where employees are ready to meet the challenges of the future.
Oil Search takes a ‘holistic’ view of the individual and believes that learning and development must simultaneously comprise both technical and non-technical skills for a person to be successful. All employee development programmes follow the ‘Employee Life-Cycle’ – that is, orientation to the Oil Search culture, achievement of required competency standards and maintenance of competency.
To achieve this end, core Oil Search programmes include:
To support the Oil Search culture, all new employees attend the Oil Search Orientation programme. Conducted over 12 months, the programme informs people about Oil Search’s business through meetings with key personnel, training and briefings. There is particular emphasis in the programme on the Company’s approach to health, safety and the environment. The Heath, Safety, Environment and Security Induction and the Code of Conduct Induction programmes are completed online.
Oil Search provides various forms of support to employees who need to go to higher educational institutions such as colleges and universities. Currently Oil Search employees are completing a range of post graduate qualifications through universities in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
The primary purpose of the Graduate Development Programme is to identify and develop a pool of high potential graduates that will provide Oil Search with highly trained and qualified professionals and potential future leaders. The programme has the following aims:
The Oil Search graduate recruitment campaign commences in PNG in the middle of each year. We advertise on our company web site and in the local media. Our graduate recruitment campaigns seek to attract the best candidates from a range of disciplines while holding true to our values, including diversity.
Our People are critical to our future success. As a result, talent management (identification, placement, development and retention) is a strategic lever for Oil Search in creating value and achieving competitive advantage.
Key aspects of the Company’s approach to succession planning are:
At Oil Search, people have the opportunity to undertake a range of development options to support them in their current and future careers. In Papua New Guinea Oil Search is recognised nationally as a provider of apprentice qualifications. The Company’s core strategy is to continually develop its portfolio of vocational offerings that provide Oil Search people with a range of externally recognised qualifications. Many of these are supported through best practice delivery strategies such as online learning.