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BP plc

Type: Private

Founded: 1908

Employees: 15,000

BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies.

We provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.

For further information, please explore the BP world and BP company profile here on Plotr.

Why BP?

BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. Through our work we provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.

As one of the most successful energy companies in the world, employing over 80,000 people with operations in almost 80 countries, we are ideally placed to meet the broadest range of career aspirations.

Our commitment to building a stronger, more sustainable energy future is matched by our commitment to the people who will make it a reality. So we’ll invest in your development, equipping you with the technical skills for the present and ensuring you have a fulfilling, long-term career.

Careers at BP

Interns, graduate, technician, school leaver and other roles at BP - what you need to know

BP offers a wide range of career possibilities, some you'll expect but many that may surprise you. Have a look at the opportunities available in engineering, science and business.

In the UK, we hire around 100 interns and graduates each year, and around 30-35 apprentice technicians through our training schemes in Hull and Scotland as well as a total of around 100 cadets in our Shipping business.

We have also launched a school leaver programme in our Integrated Supply and Trading business (IST). The three-year IST A-level Programme is a real alternative to university, providing a unique opportunity to build a long-term career within IST.

BP Retail offers a wide range of roles all across the UK. These are suitable for school leavers up to experienced retail professionals. There is a culture of supporting the development of all employees within Retail, helping them rise from Customer Service Assistants through to Store Managers and beyond.

Have a look at the links on the right for more information about all of these opportunities.

Meet the scientists (and engineers!)

Jenni - process engineer

Part of the Meet the Scientists webchat series from the BP Educational Service (www.bp.com/bpes)

Mark - chemical engineer

Part of the Meet the Scientists webchat series from the BP Educational Service (www.bp.com/bpes)

Careers in science

Ruth - chemist

David - geologist

Seb - geophysicist

Careers in engineering

Ben - process engineer

Oliver - research technologist

Careers in business

Eimear - business analyst

Daniel - trader

A great place to work

Both in our industry and outside, we’ve been recognised for our commitment to making BP a great place to work. Here are some of our most recent awards.

 

Women at BP

Christina - business analyst

Rekha - enterprise systems

Lipi - credit analyst

How can I apply?

Applying for intern, graduate or postgraduate roles

We recruit interns, graduates and postgraduates through our website at http://www.bp.com/ukgraduates.

At BP, you can be with us as we meet the constantly growing demand for energy. You could join a group of engineers who build platforms far offshore, geoscientists who use leading-edge technology to maximise the recovery of oil, or traders who anticipate and react to changes in the market. Whether you're interested in becoming a business leader or developing innovative skills and capabilities, you can discover the opportunity that matches your ambition at BP.

Apprenticeships and technician roles

We work closely with two leading apprenticeship programmes, one in Humberside and the other in Scotland.

To apply, you'll need four good GCSE or Scottish Standard Grade passes (A, B or C grades) in Maths, Science, English and one other subject, preferably a Design Technology subject.

Both programmes involve:

  • 21 months during which trainees attend an industry appointed college
  • Two years on-the-job training with a sponsoring company, being mentored and working alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills

Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA)

HETA are the main training agent for our chemicals manufacturing site in Hull, and we recruit 5-10 apprentices each year from HETA.

You can find out more about the scheme and apply online at http://heta.co.uk

OPITO

We work with OPITO to recruit and train apprentices for technician roles in our North Sea business through their Upstream Technician Training Scheme. We recruit 10-20 apprentices each year through OPITO, but there are many more apprenticeship opportunities at smaller companies within our supply chain. 

You can find out more about the scheme and apply at http://uk.opito.com/learning-training/modern-apprenticeship-scheme

Work experience

We offer work experience placements at many of our larger sites around the UK. If you attend a school close to a BP office, then you can apply for a one week placement linked to your area of future career interest.

What subjects do I need to study?

We really like the STEM subjects

The STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) give you the widest range of options for your future.

Whether you're thinking about a career as a technician and are going to apply for an apprenticeship, or you're going to university to study for a degree, STEM subjects will help you keep your options open. You'll also need English at least to GCSE grade C or equivalent.

The Russell Group of leading universities has produced a helpful guide to the most common university courses, and what subjects you need to study in order to get on those courses.

http://russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices

Apprenticeships and technician roles

In order to apply to be an apprentice technician, you'll need four good GCSE or Scottish Standard Grade passes (A, B or C grades) in Maths, Science, English and one other subject, preferably a Design Technology subject.

BP in the community

BP has been contributing to UK communities for over 45 years.

BP's support for arts and culture in the UK goes back over 35 years. Today it is focused on long-term partnerships with the Royal Opera House, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum and Tate Britain. These partnerships have recently been renewed for five years, with an investment of nearly £10 million from BP.

We're also developing talent in our communities, through our support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. What started simply as a resource for teachers 45 years ago is now a comprehensive programme that contributes to every area of education in the UK, including early stage, primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational.

BP employees are encouraged to volunteer with community organisations, and the BP Foundation provides matched funding to those organisations for donations, fundraising and time volunteered by BP employees.

You can find out more at http://www.bp.com/uk/bpinthecommunity

What other skills do I need to succeed?

We look for people who can connect with each other and be part of a team. People who want to do their best. And then do even better next time. People who pick up new things quickly. People who know what they don’t know and are hungry to know more. People who combine the ability to develop a specialist understanding with the flexibility to apply that understanding to new situations every day. We want people who can take a challenge, discuss it, define it, wrestle and reason with it. People who can make sound decisions and then convince everyone to play their part.

Why are these skills important? Because we’re involved in some of the most exciting and technically challenging projects our industry has to offer. Join BP and you’ll find new ways to produce oil and gas, market world-leading products, maximise energy supplies, and develop new renewable resources. Building a career, increasing your knowledge and adding to your skills, you’ll make a positive impact on your future, as well as the future of energy.

These might seem complicated, but you can develop these skills by getting involved in after-school clubs and sports, working hard and always doing your best, and showing tolerance and respect when working with others.

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