SPDC operates various scholarship schemes, a welcome feature of educational development, especially in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.
Education, as all parents and guardians admit, is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies to bequeath to individuals, groups and society. That has been the belief of Shell Nigeria since 1952. In 2014, $14.8 million was invested in scholarships by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo).
The Cradle-to-Career Scholarship is an all-inclusive scholarship programme that provides opportunities for brilliant pupils of less-privileged background to attend reputable secondary schools in Nigeria.
The Secondary School Scholarship Scheme is to enhance academic achievements among the students in SPDC host community schools.
This is an overseas scholarship programme that gives 10 places to candidates from SPDC’s operational areas to study for postgraduate qualifications at three top British institutions.
Open primarily to talented Nigerian Postgraduate Students in Nigerian Universities but in exceptional cases to Nigerians in Overseas Universities.
The Research Internship programme provides the framework for the direct transfer of practical and current industry experience to Nigerian university research students. With the understanding of their university-appointed supervisors, graduate students (MSc, Ph.D) spend a year in Shell to conduct research on the E&P challenges of the Company.
The research reports produced by the interns at the end of the internship are adapted for presentation to their universities for the award of higher degrees. Shell offers approximately 20 research internship appointments yearly. Emoluments given to the interns cumulate to N50 million annually. A number of interns have taken up appointment with Shell on completion of their studies.
The Graduate Awareness Program consists of campus fairs, knowledge sharing, career talks and interview skills workshops. It is focussed on top academic performers at the penultimate and final year classes, and apprises students of new or emerging industry technological developments.
The Graduate Awareness Program consists of campus fairs, knowledge sharing, career talks and interview skills workshops. It is focussed on top academic performers at the penultimate and final year classes, and apprises students of new or emerging industry technological developments. It also provides high potential students with information about Shell, and the types of activities the Company engages in. It aims at creating a desire in students to pursue a career in Shell.
The program has been conducted in University of Abuja; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Federal University of Technology, Yola; American University of Nigeria, Yola; University of Jos; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; University of Maiduguri; Bayero University, Kano; and Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.