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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 information technology professionals, research scientists, financial traders and retail workers


Because of this, our teams come from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds – so a human resources 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 a human resources 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 human resources 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 a human resources professional in a world-leading multi-national organization.


Join our human resources 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 human resources 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 human resources 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 human resources 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.


Graduate programmes

Joining one of our programmes, you’ll enjoy real responsibility from day one and the freedom to choose your own path.



Rewards and benefits

  • Base salary £35,000 - £40,000.
  • £3,000 - £5,000 sign-on bonus.
  • Discretionary yearly bonus.
  • Location and lunch allowance (site dependant).
  • Flexible benefits tailored to your needs.
  • Share plans.
  • On-site sports facilities.
  • A great pension plan.
  • Discounts on selected BP products.
  • Discounts on certain vehicles.
  • Health screening.



  • Upstream, Downstream, and Corporate and Functions (C&F) businesses require a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.
  • Supply and trading roles require a 2:1 degree in any discipline and 320 UCAS points.
  • We welcome applications from non-UK nationals.


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 human resources function. In these rotational roles, you’ll gain knowledge of the sub-disciplines within human resources, and develop the technical, business and behavioural skills you’ll need to become a well-rounded human resources professional.

Your first 12 months: building skills

Your first year will be spent in human resrouces services to give you a fundamental appreciation of how the function operates, developing your understanding of 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 human resources role, depending on the requirements of your study plan and available opportunities across human resources at the time.


Aligning with our graduate programme

You will be developed alongside our human resources 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.

Human resources generalist / business facing

At least one of your rotations will be business-facing (providing our HR generalist team provides support across a broad range of human resources-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.

Human resources services

This area is responsible for delivering centralised and standardised human resources services for BP.


They’re the first point of contact for human resources related matters; the team are policy and process experts, dedicated to delivering the best customer experience possible. During your rotations in the global human resources services team, you can expect to work on projects and processes centred on:


  • 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 human resources systems and processes.
  • Country start-ups and human resources operations infrastructure set-up.
  • New hire orientation.
  • Employment risk assessments.

Human resources specialist

Your human resources specialist rotation will give you the opportunity to gain a deeper experience and understanding in a specific human resources 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 human resources generalists and line management, diversity and inclusion initiatives, recruitment life-cycle.
  • International mobility
    Projects could include: assignment support to both inbound and outbound expatriates, human resources international mobility system implementation and improvements, data management and analysis, development / implementation / interpretation of human resources international mobility 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, human resources 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 human resources 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 human resources 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, human resources 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 human resources 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 human resources 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 prioritize 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.
  • 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.