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SAIT Polytechnic recognized for international training efforts

Chevron trainees from Angola in class at SAIT.Calgary, AB — SAIT Polytechnic has received an Alberta Export Award for its efforts in developing and executing Workforce Nationalization training programs. The 2014 awards were handed out today in Edmonton.

The Alberta Export Awards are produced in partnership with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group. The winners represent companies from across Alberta industries that have demonstrated considerable success and innovation within the export sector — SAIT was recognized in the Services category.

"SAIT is pleased to be recognized with this award after being a significant exporter of educational services to labour markets around the world," says Dr. Alex Zahavich, Vice President, Corporate Development and Applied Research at SAIT. "We continue to grow and improve energy-based educational training to support the oil and gas industry in different countries."

SAIT's Workforce Nationalization training programs have been offered to oil and gas industries in many different countries, including Angola.

In late January and early February, 44 Chevron trainees arrived in Calgary from Angola for a 30-week training program. After graduation, Chevron employees will begin work on the Mafumeira Sul project located offshore from the African country. The project involves the design, fabrication, and installation of five new platform structures.

About SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, the Top Research College in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.

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