Employee Development & Training

  • Ambition: Internal candidates from the Company's hourly workforce fill 60 – 70% of open salaried professional and leadership positions.
  • Ambition Achieved: In 2020, 60% of open salaried positions were filled by promoted hourly employees.

Supporting a safe, healthy, and engaged workforce is foundational to our business. We aim to be an employer of choice in every community we are a part of to retain our highly-skilled, diverse workforce and attract talented recruits. To achieve this, West Fraser supports experience and training opportunities that enable employees to develop skills and advance in their careers. 

Our approach to training and development is to support employee skill development through formal and on-the-job training for specialized and leadership roles. Our leadership teams anticipate that employees are developing and practicing 80% of the skills they need on-the-job, 10% through classroom or formal training, and 10% on special projects.

Most of our management and senior leadership teams are drawn from employees who have developed their talents and grown their careers within West Fraser. Upgrading employee skill sets is critical to our Company because we have a culture of "promoting from within" to build our leadership team. 

The COVID-19 pandemic introduced challenging conditions to maintain our learning and development activities while we focused on operating safely and responsibly during this time. Although some training had to be deferred or cancelled initially, online learning experiences became the new way of doing things and enabled us to continue safety training, new-hire training, onboarding, and education programs during the pandemic. 

The reporting that follows focuses on development and training activity relevant to full-time, permanent employees who compose virtually all of the employee community.