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Kickstarting young professionals’ careers through our work placement program

2020 Fuel program participants virtual kick-off meeting
2020 Fuel program participants virtual kick-off meeting.

June, 2020 - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the day-to-day disruptions it has brought, Cenovus aims to provide some stability to university students and new graduates, while helping to kickstart their careers through our work placement program, Fuel.

“The goal of the Fuel Program is to accelerate the development of students and young professionals and help build future leaders,” says Anne Sterling, Cenovus Advisor, Talent Acquisition & Programs. “With COVID-19 taking many opportunities away from young people, it is more important than ever that we honour our commitments to them and continue to provide opportunities for them to learn, grow and start their careers.”

Fuel is eligible for students and young professionals across the country and this year students and new graduates will be starting with Cenovus in June. The recruits are from a wide range of disciplines - engineering, geosciences, power engineering, health and safety, human resources, downstream, supply chain management, and finance and accounting – and all have signed on for a three-month work term.

“The participants in this year’s program will have quite the special experience as we all work together to ensure quality learning while navigating the special circumstances of COVID-19,” explains Sterling. “Many students will be working from home, participating in virtual team meetings, virtual townhalls and attending virtual training sessions.”

As we navigate this transition, students and new grads have already demonstrated resiliency, while adapting to new technology that enables collaboration, tracking, file sharing, videoconferencing, and most importantly, the ability to stay connected with others.

“It was especially important for us to continue to show our support to students and new graduates during this time of uncertainty,” says Dean Perkins, VP, Deep Basin Operations. “Cenovus is committed to the development of early careers and building future leaders of industry, and we hope that this work experience will help set all participants on that path.”