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Frequently asked questions

An at-a-glance guide to our co-operative process

About the co-operative programme

When does the Global Business Services' (GBS) co-op programme start?
The 2021 co-op programme will begin in mid-January 2021 for a fixed-term period of 12-months.
When do applications open and close?
Applications for the 2021 programme open Friday 3 July 2020 and close on Sunday 2 August 2020.
How long is the programme?
The bp GBS co-operative programme is 12 months in duration, running from mid-January 2021.
Where would I be based?
Most of our corporate positions are based in Melbourne’s CBD.
If I receive an offer for GBS co-op programme, can I start early?

Our co-operative programme is structured so all our co-op’s have access to the same resources and same opportunities.


To achieve this, all our interns go through the co-operative programme at the same time. This means the start date is the same for every co-op, so unfortunately you can’t start your programme early.

What types of career opportunities are available if I do a co-op programme with bp GBS?


A career in both bp and GBS are more diverse than you might think. Whether you are studying marketing, finance, business, IT, HR or engineering, you can achieve your career goals with us.


It’s important to know that lateral moves aren’t uncommon. In fact, we encourage our teams to explore new areas and opportunities within our business. In some instances, there may be the opportunity to work part-time for bp after you’ve completed the programme.

Our co-operative recruitment process

What’s the recruitment process?

First, you need to complete the online application form. It’s important to take this component of your application seriously as it’s our first opportunity to get to know you.


If you’re selected, there are a number of steps in the process:

  • Online testing.
  • Recorded video interview.
  • An assessment centre comprising a group activity and interview.
  • Reference checking.
  • Offer.
Will I hear from anyone during the recruitment process
Once you’ve applied, we’ll confirm that we’ve received your application via email. You will then receive regular email updates to advise whether your application has progressed to the next stage of our assessment process. Your recruitment consultant will also contact you at each stage of the process from the interview onwards.
When are interviews and assessments scheduled?
Assessment centres will be held in the first week of October 2020. 
Where will assessment centres be held?
Assessment centres will be held throughout August 2020.
What can I expect from the assessment centre? How can I prepare?
Assessment centres involve both group and individual activities. To best prepare for your assessment centre, do some research on bp, remember to communicate clearly and succinctly and try to relax – we want you to be yourself.
When are offers made?
Offers will be made in early September. We will provide specific dates prior to applications opening.


How do you support candidates with a disability?


Your recruiter will provide you with the support you need during the recruitment process or in the workplace wherever possible. Some examples of where they can offer support include:

  • Printed documentation at group assessments for candidates who are living with a visual impairment.
  • Providing an interpreter for candidates who have a hearing impairment.
  • A standing face-to-face interview for candidates who are living with back injuries.