Best in Class

2 September 2008 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2008 18:30)

Competition is increasing for recruiting the best employees within the energy industry. To help secure its future growth, Chevron has launched a multidimensional partnership programme with universities throughout the world, says Eve Sprunt, manager of Chevron’s University Partnership Program and Recruitment.

Best in Class

Escalating global demand for energy has sparked aggressive competition among energy companies to recruit the best employees, particularly from among today’s leading science and engineering graduates, whose future innovations will lead the industry of tomorrow. To further develop Chevron’s connections with a global workforce that will help fuel its future growth, the company is expanding its long-term partnerships with top universities around the world through its recently
launched multidimensional University Partnership Program.

Chevron’s initial partners will include 16 universities, from countries as diverse as Australia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, the US and Venezuela. Each university has unique strengths and is considered, in one way or another, to be "best in class&rsquo".

A senior Chevron executive will lead the programme at each university. Working with university officials to identify opportunities for a strategic partnership on long-term initiatives will promote various aspects of education, research and recruiting.

Tailored partnerships

Customised programmes are being built to optimise any potential synergies between Chevron and each university. Funding alone does not provide the best benefit to the universities or to Chevron, so the programme will also engage Chevron employees in creating and sustaining these relationships.

The programme will be integrated within a broad spectrum of existing Chevron networks and processes. Among the many options being explored for the programme are:

  • Helping universities create new degree programmes and strengthening existing programmes by providing Chevron lecturers, data and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Providing scholarships, internships, graduate fellowships and
    faculty funding as appropriate
  • Allowing faculty sabbaticals at Chevron facilities, participation in Chevron forums, enrolment in Chevron courses and field trips to enhance appreciation and broaden understanding of the industry
  • Launching research programmes to address technical challenges
  • Supplementing Chevron employees’ educational opportunities, inviting university faculty members to serve as guest lecturers at Chevron events, providing employees with access to distance learning, and offering employees advanced degree opportunities.

Chevron will consider a broad range of alternatives in creating a fit-for-purpose programme for each university – a complete package that provides and promotes a career path for students while showcasing Chevron as a preferred employer and a great place to work. Working with Chevron’s recruiting coordinators and career development committees, the University Partnership Program will help enhance the company’s recruiting presence on these campuses.

In fact, many of the systems that Chevron builds to support this increased effort might advance its recruitment at all universities.

Everyone’s a winner

"The vision for the University Partnership Program is that it will benefit all partners."

The vision for the University Partnership Program is that it will benefit all partners. It will help build Chevron’s future global workforce by attracting top-notch graduates from around the world – offering them career opportunities – and by providing current employees with the best continuing education possible.

Alliances with world-class institutions will help Chevron maintain its technical leadership while universities will benefit from funding, expertise and opportunities for real-world applications of emerging technologies.