Learning and development

Our commitment to building a stronger, safer, reliable and more sustainable energy future goes hand in hand with our commitment to the people who will make it possible

We’ll invest in your development, both to equip you with the technical skills to do your current job and ensure you have a fulfilling, long-term career in line with your strengths and ambitions. This means you can expect world-class training and the flexibility to realize your full potential, whatever direction you want to take. 

Developing our people is a key objective for BP. We have partnerships with 19 academies  and institutes to deliver technical learning and development. In addition, we support many scientific and educational awards around the globe, such as the British Science Association’s  CREST awards – the leading UK STEM award scheme for young people.
Whatever your role, location or background, we’ll help you get to where you want to be through our performance management process. It’s very straightforward. First, we agree a set of clear, achievable objectives with you. Then we’ll work closely with you to ensure that you accomplish each of them, regularly assessing your progress on the way.

We’ll provide great induction and work-shadowing programmes to get you up to speed. If, for instance, you need to learn a new language when  you start your job, we’ll help you to develop the necessary level of fluency.

As you progress, you’ll always know what experience, formal training, guidance and support you need to take the next step in your career, which could mean gaining a new qualification or taking on a fresh challenge. So whether it’s receiving safety training, keeping up to date with technological innovation or developing the commercial skills to consistently deliver for the business, we’ll support you to learn as much as you can – however experienced you are – although you’ll have every opportunity to drive your own development.

Structured learning

You’ll have access to structured courses, online learning, mentors and a whole host of other methods for continuing your development. These will focus on leadership, communication and presentation skills, as well as technical capabilities. You’ll build your confidence and gain different perspectives by tapping into the knowledge of people working alongside you, who include some of the industry’s brightest minds. Equally important, we develop our managers too, so that they can bring the best out of their people.

Graduate and postgraduate development

Our challenge programme immerses graduates from many countries and disciplines rapidly into the world of BP. It offers early development of both technical and professional skills, along with practical experience working on live projects and formal learning. With real responsibility, great variety and plenty of support, it aims to propel talented graduates into senior roles within BP.

We look today for our leaders of tomorrow – postgraduates with at least three years’ professional experience who can drive our business forward into the future.  
Our future leaders programme is an accelerated development programme open to those with bold aspirations, true determination and a flexible outlook to work anywhere in the world.

With access and exposure to our senior leaders who’ll advise, support and guide you on your journey, you’ll have unmatched opportunities to develop to your full potential in our Downstream (refining & marketing) business, human resources or information technology and services (IT&S).

Our commitment to developing our people is reflected in our industry-leading, accelerated development programmes that are transforming the way many people learn. In fact, our extensive leadership development programmes have been attended by employees from 74 countries, in four regions, speaking ten different languages.

Informal learning

BP employs around 80,000 people, in more than 70 countries, representing a wide mix of skills and disciplines. Nobody has all the answers and we all learn from each other. Great emphasis is placed on building strong collaborative relationships with colleagues within and across disciplines and countries, so that we can discuss the issues that affect us and come up with solutions together.

We also have an established network of business resource groups (BRGs) with a significant membership and ever-growing interest. These are key to fostering, developing and retaining diverse talent within BP.