BP Apprenticeships

As a global energy business, we lead the world in powering a cleaner, more sustainable future. And as our business is so diverse, so are the types of people we employ: from engineers and geologists out in the field, to IT professionals, research scientists, financial traders and retail workers

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HR degree apprenticeship

HR Degree Apprenticeships

Because of this, our teams come from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds – so an HR career at BP is always going to be exciting, challenging and full of incredible opportunities.

Study for a Business Management degree during your HR apprenticeship

To excel as an HR professional, you need to understand business strategy, how the business works and how to get the best out of people to support business goals. That’s why, on our HR Degree Apprenticeship, we’ll help you study for your Business Management degree. You’ll have the opportunity to take everything you learn from your studies and apply it directly to the business, which will help you while you develop your career as an HR professional in a world-leading multi-national organization.

Join our HR Degree Apprenticeship to:

  • Gain experience of every part of our global organization in a structured four-year programme
  • Study towards a Business Management degree
  • Enjoy exciting long-term career options and development with a future-thinking world leader

Earn while you learn, with a competitive starting salary of £20,200 + £2,100 location allowance

A mixture of on-the-job experience and classroom learning

On our HR Degree Apprenticeship you’ll enjoy plenty of on-the-job experience, with 20% of your time dedicated to formal learning. This will include core degree activity, as well as access to our own internal HR learning and development, to help you develop technical, business and behavioural competencies.

You’ll have full support from your apprenticeship training provider and the BP HR early career programme team – as well as regular structured feedback on your development, progress to date, and next steps. In addition, you’ll be guided at every step by an experienced mentor and buddy.

The degree apprenticeship programme is based at our International Centre for Business and Technology (ICBT) in Sunbury-on-Thames. From time to time you may also be required to travel to our central London offices.

What to expect: your four-year degree apprenticeship

On this four-year programme, you’ll split your time between a number of exciting roles. Each role will give you a comprehensive introduction to BP, our businesses and our HR function. In these rotational roles, you’ll gain knowledge of the sub-disciplines within HR, and develop the technical, business and behavioural skills you’ll need to become a well-rounded HR professional.

  • Your first 12 months: building skills
    Your first year will be spent in HR services to give you a fundamental appreciation of how HR operates, developing your understanding of HR policy, advice, systems, process and employee experience. This foundation will be invaluable as you move into your next rotations. 
  • The next 36 months: broadening your development
    Your first year is followed by two rotations in a specialist or business facing HR role, depending on the requirements of your study plan and available opportunities across HR at the time.
  • Aligning with our graduate programme
    You will be developed alongside our HR graduates and will part of that broader early career community.  If you meet the programme requirements and successfully complete your Business Management degree, you’ll formally graduate from the programme after four years.
  • After qualifying: a rewarding career
    Beyond formal early career programmes, BP employees tend to move roles  every two to four years (subject to performance and experience).

We are committed to providing the guidance and tools  to support your continued development and success. 

Throughout your career at BP, there will be many options for further development.. Whichever route you choose to take, we can offer you a very rewarding career.

HR Services

This area is responsible for delivering centralised and standardised HR services for BP. They’re the first point of contact for HR related matters; the team are policy and process experts, dedicated to delivering the best customer experience possible. During your rotations in the Global HR Services team, you can expect to work on projects and processes centred around:

  • HRIS and payroll systems implementation and improvements
  •  Human resources data analysis
  • BP’s Human Resources Service Centre and other outsourcing services throughout the region
  • Development/implementation of HR systems and process
  • Country start-ups and HR Operations infrastructure set-up
  • New hire orientation
  • Employment risk assessments

HR Generalist HR Business Facing

At least one of your rotations will be business facing, providing our HR Generalist team provides support across a broad range of HR-related issues, policies, and practices.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Salary planning
  • Employee relations
  •  Performance management
  • Talent management
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Change management
  • Resourcing
  • Policy interpretation


HR Specialist

Your HR Specialist rotation will give you the opportunity to gain a deeper experience and understanding in a specific HR discipline, such as the following:

  • Reward
    Projects could include: salary determination, executive compensation, variable pay, equity/long-term incentive, health and welfare benefits, wellness, pension and savings.
  • Resourcing
    Projects could include: human resources data analysis, talent and sourcing strategy, business support to both HR generalists and line management, diversity and inclusion initiatives, recruitment life cycle.
  • International Mobility
    Projects could include: assignment support to both inbound and outbound expatriates, HR IM system implementation and improvements, data management and analysis, development/implementation/interpretation of HR IM policies, vendor management, cost optimisation.
  • Employee and Labour Relations
    Projects could include: global, cross-segment exposure, labour union issues, employee relations processes (e.g., investigations, training, organizsational restructuring), human resources policy, supporting processes, and communications, HR compliance, risk assessments.
  • Talent and Learning
    Projects could include: support of function, segment or groupwide initiatives, learning design and delivery, effective utilizsation of corporate memberships and partnerships for learning resources, support of talent development programmes.

Why HR is so important to us

Attracting and retaining the very best people in our industry – regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic – is what makes us competitive in an ever-changing business landscape.

At BP, our HR professionals support the business to recruit, retain and reward people who can keep us ahead of the global energy challenge. They also help build our internal capability by anticipating the demand for new skills. So of course, HR is a business area that’s integral to our continued growth and development.

We’re committed to doing the right thing, working as one team, supporting our people’s development and creating a great place to work. And that’s in large part thanks to our HR professionals. They act as critical thinkers and strategic business partners – drawing on their unique knowledge sets to offer advice, guidance and challenge to managers and employees on HR strategy and every aspect of the employee lifecycle.

So who are we looking for?

We believe in hiring people with the right core competencies and interest, rather than specific technical experience. That’s why, when it comes to our Degree Apprenticeship programme, we welcome applicants from a range of academic subject backgrounds.

Most importantly, we’re looking for people who have a real passion to work in a global business, and a drive to support the people aspects of our business agenda.

To be successful, you must be committed and motivated to studying towards a Business Management degree qualification. You must also have the ability to work on your own initiative – and be able to work co-operatively as part of a team. 

You’ll have a keen eye for detail, excellent written, verbal communication and numeracy skills, and the ability to plan ahead and prioritizse your workload.


How to apply

To apply, you must be aged 18 or over at start of the programme in September 2019. If you’re studying A-levels or completing further education, you must be due to complete your qualification/s in 2019 (we’re unable to progress applications for students who will be part way through their studies when the programme starts). You'll also need to have:

  • 120 UCAS points (excluding General Studies), or equivalent
  • Eligibility to study in the UK
  • Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent

This programme is designed for school leavers and other individuals who do not have a degree. If you’re studying or have a degree, please apply to our student and graduate opportunities.

Details of any travel required as part of your degree will be clarified during the selection process. We’re happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

Data analyst apprenticeship

BP Shipping, the oldest continuous business unit in the BP group, has been transformed into the marine expertise arm of the BP Group. Our goal is to provide safe, efficient and environmentally-sound shipping solutions in support of the BP Group strategy. In this transformation, our Data Analytics Team plays a critical role by providing valuable insights, which can enable extraordinary change.

As an apprentice data analyst in the BP Shipping Data Analytics team, you’ll collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. This will include managing data, as well as conducting a range of analytical studies.

You’ll work across a great variety of projects, providing technical data solutions on stakeholder or customer issues. Furthermore, you’ll document and report the results of data analysis activities, make recommendations to improve business performance and work with the management team in prioritising business and information needs. 

Among your responsibilities, you’ll include maintaining our data systems, acquiring data from primary or secondary data sources, and reviewing reports and performance indicators to locate and correct code problems.

This is an amazing apprenticeship opportunity, funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Education.

How to apply

A team player with a passion for turning data into information, information into insight and insight into business decisions. You’ve demonstrated these skills during your studies and you’re excited about building a successful career within a dynamic and well-regarded team.

You have a good understanding of data structures, database systems and procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a range of different types of analysis.

To qualify for this role, you must have lived in the UK or the European Economic Area for the last 3 consecutive years.  You must also have a valid passport, birth certificate or residence permit and a national insurance number.

An additional requirement is to not be undertaking any other apprenticeship at the same time.

You should also have (or be expecting) BCC at A-Level or equivalent (104 UCAS points) plus five GCSEs, grade A-C to include English and maths.

Alternatively, you may have two A-Levels (including maths), an ICT or a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a similar subject. We also accept an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT, or a BTEC extended diploma (180 credits) in ICT.

Having previous experience in data analysis is also highly desirable.

DevOps apprenticeship

Find your future at BP

Our business is diverse, and so are the types of people who do well here. From engineers and geologists out in the field, to IT professionals, research scientists and financial traders, attracting the very best talent is what makes us competitive in an ever-changing business landscape.

About the opportunity

As part of our fast-paced Information Technology & Services (IT&S) team, you’ll learn to work on the software that makes us world-class. 

BP is one of the three largest energy companies in the world, operating in over 70 countries across 6 continents. There’s a wide range of distinct BP businesses, and you’ll be using leading edge technology to help us deliver the services they rely on.

This Level 4 apprenticeship will give you valuable Software and Web Development Training (.NET) at our provider’s training facility.

About you

Gained through work experience or study, you should have skills in delivering good quality object-oriented code and functionality and some experience of integrated analysis development. Clear thinking, the ability to troubleshoot and a willingness to embrace new technologies and roles will be key, and you’ll also be an effective time manager. It’s also important that you’re a natural collaborator and communicator.

It would be a distinct advantage to have a background with a global team in an agile environment, a grasp of DevOps culture and some knowledge of User Experience Design, Amazon Web Services Cloud platforms or Team Foundation Server with Visual Studio, but you can pick these up when you join. Knowledge of C#, .NET, WPF and T-SQL would be useful too.

Key Requirements

  • BCC at A Level or equivalent (104 UCAS), or be expecting to receive those grades, plus 5 GCSEs A-C including English and Maths AND have strong English skills
  • 2 x A Levels including Maths or ICT OR Level 3 Apprenticeship in a similar subject OR International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT OR a BTEC extended Diploma (180 credits) in ICT OR directly relevant previous experience
BP is an equal opportunities employer.

Supply and trading operations apprenticeship

Find your future at BP

Our business is diverse, and so are the types of people who do well here. From engineers and geologists out in the field, to IT professionals, research scientists and financial traders, attracting the very best talent is what makes us competitive in an ever-changing business landscape.

About the opportunity

BP is one of the largest physical traders of oil and gas in the world with a huge array of assets. These include refineries, ships, tanks and retail systems. International Supply and Trading is the market-facing component of our trading activities. As part of the trading operations team, you’ll develop deep operational expertise and share both our bias for action and our thirst for continuous learning.

The team plans, manages and optimises the movement of oil for BP. It’s an energetic, dynamic environment where building relationships and a passion for making a difference are key. On a three-year structured apprenticeship programme, you’ll choose to study further in Business Administration, Project Management or Accountancy, taking everything you learn from your studies and applying it in the real world of business.

You’ll rotate through a range of exciting roles that will give you a proper introduction to BP and space to develop your skills. We’ll support you all the way through your apprenticeship with additional in-house training, mentoring and the BP early careers team. You can expect regular feedback on your progress to date and next steps, not to mention long-term career options and development.

About you

We welcome people from a range of academic subject backgrounds as long as they have the right competencies and motivations to become a Trading Operator.

You’ll need the determination and passion to flourish in our business, and 128 UCAS points (which is ABB at A Level or equivalent).

BP is an equal opportunities employer.

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