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Training and Development

We create a workforce capable of running a responsible, safe and ethical company with on-the-job development and technical training, formal training and development programs, and ongoing education opportunities. In 2017, employees recorded 61,145 hours of training in our Learning Management System.

We drive consistent, standardized training for our operations workforce through the Training and Competency element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS). This training enables employees to safely and efficiently adapt to changes in our drilling and production activity and portfolio, with a focus on competency to prevent spills, releases and safety incidents, as well as to increase productivity and operational reliability.

In 2017, we finalized our HES&S and Competency Training Standard and the Competency Management System. These resources helped us forecast needs and manage our field workforce as it grew along with our activity level. All employees in selected safety sensitive roles, as well as certain contractors, received on-the-job and instructor-led training to close gaps prioritized by risk to safety, the environment and equipment reliability. All of these employees and contractors completed their qualifications. New hires and employees entering new roles must complete the competency and qualification process, and employees must become competent and qualified to use new equipment and new processes.

Contract services workers who are not covered by our competency standard and system are required to complete Marathon Oil’s web-based safety orientation.  

 

Petrotechnical Training

Petrotechnical employees responsible for resource exploration, development and production are critical to Marathon Oil’s success. To ensure they have the technical skills to make the best technical decisions, we have a team dedicated to their training and development. In 2017, our petrotechs received training through in-house courses taught by our subject-matter experts, external instructor-led courses, virtual classes and short courses at industry technical conferences. 

We introduced the Catalyst training and development program in 2017 to help early-career engineers and geoscientists accelerate their cross-disciplinary technical knowledge and business skills. Catalyst participants complete 200 hours of formal training over eight months. Technical content includes geology, geophysics, petrophysics, drilling, completions, production, facilities and reservoir engineering. Additionally, the program teaches leadership skills and the Company’s corporate functions.

In addition to the formal training program their first year, Marathon Oil strives to expose participants to diverse assignments in their first five years in the industry to attract and develop early-career petrotechnical professionals.

Aligning Our Culture to Our Business Strategy

Leadership at Marathon Oil means living our values every day, in everything we do. Working responsibly, safely and ethically, and delivering results are our core values. Based on employee feedback on how we need to work to become the premier independent exploration and production company, we introduced three refreshed values in 2017: we are bold, we take ownership and we are one team. Some of the ways we are aligning our culture with our strategy include our Leadership Development Program, tailored training for specific groups such as field supervisors and a course for Marathon Oil leaders. Our 2018 employee engagement survey will help us gauge our progress.

Leadership Development Program

Our instructor-led Leadership Development Program gives employees skills to lead themselves, lead together, lead others and lead the business. The Field Leadership portion of this program offers topics customized for field employees, such as influential leadership and leading a high performance team. The scenario-based training received high scores from approximately 450 employees who took it in 2017. In addition, employees take our HES&S training to understand how to act safely and responsibly to earn and keep our license to operate.

 

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