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bp human resources degree apprenticeships

Enhancing your knowledge, stretching your skills and gaining real-world experience alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry

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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.


Because of this, our teams come from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds – so a career in human resources as a people & culture advisor 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 pay 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 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 £22,000 £3,000 sign on bonus.

The experience

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 People & Culture 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 People & Culture 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 People & Culture specialist or partnering role, depending on your development needs, your study plan and available opportunities at the time. 


Aligning with our graduate programme

You will be developed alongside our People & Culture graduates and will be 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.

Discover a range of HR opportunities within bp

During your four-year HR degree apprenticeship, you’ll rotate through the following areas:


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.

At least one of your rotations will be in HR partnering, providing  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.
  • Policy interpretation.

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.  
  • Talent acquisition
    Projects could include: human resources data analysis, talent and sourcing strategy, business support to both HR Partners 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, organizational 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 utilization of corporate memberships and partnerships for learning resources, support of talent development programmes.

Why the HR discipline is so important to us

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 prioritize your workload.

Recruitment process

  • Online application - this is your chance to show us what motivates you.
  • SJQ - a set of questions to see how you match up with bp values.
  • Online tests - these will check your numerical and verbal reasoning abilities.
  • On-demand video interview – a motivation and values-based interview.
  • Assessment centre - a combination of a group and individual exercises.
  • Offer and feedback - a firm offer or guidance on how to succeed next time.


To apply, you must be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme in September 2022.


If you’re studying A-levels or completing further education, you must be due to complete your qualification/s in 2022 (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:

  • A levels (level 3) at B,B,C or above (112 ucas points), or BTEC extended diploma with D,M,M or Access to HE Diploma.
  • Plus GCSE qualifications (Level 2) A*-C or 9-4  in English and Maths.
  • Applicants with a level 3 apprenticeship qualification will also be considered.


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.


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. 


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.