It is core to our company values to promote from within to build our leadership team. The overwhelming majority of our management and senior leadership teams are drawn from employees who have developed their talents and grown their career within West Fraser.
We support the learning and career development of our employees through internal training courses and externally developed training programs. We do not currently maintain a central database of employee training hours.
We provide internal training through custom educational programs to support hourly and salaried employees to build technical, managerial and leadership skills as they progress in their career with the Company. We also fund external education for employees where appropriate. Upgrading employee skills is critical to our Company because we look first to promote from within our employee workforce into supervisory, trade and management positions. The overwhelming majority of our management and senior management team are drawn from internal promotions.
Where redundancies are unavoidable, we do our best to help affected employees transfer internally to new roles, or to help them transition and find other employment whenever possible.
We believe that developing people is a lot more than a once-a-year performance review, it includes regular feedback as part of employee’s ongoing work to support employees to achieve the necessary skills to develop professionally, whether in an hourly or salaried position. Career development discussions and individual development plans are also part of the development activities for our salaried and hourly personnel.
We do not disclose performance and career development review activity by gender or employee category.