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BP to increase graduate recruitment by 50 per cent in 2012 and to give its graduates the unique opportunity to help deliver the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Release date:
1 February 2012

BP, one the UK’s leading graduate recruiters, announced today that it is increasing its annual UK graduate recruitment by 50 per cent, to nearly 250 graduates, in 2012.


BP has also confirmed that it will offer all of these graduate recruits an opportunity to work with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) before they start their careers in September. BP is the only UK employer to offer such an experience to graduates, who will start working with LOCOG in June.


LOCOG and BP have agreed to offer up to 100 of the graduates the opportunity to pursue short-term secondments in areas such as the main operations centre, transport or city operations. BP secondment places are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Throughout their secondments, BP will provide the graduates with a BP internship salary, accommodation and transport costs.


Emma Judge, Head of UK Graduate Recruitment, BP said: “BP is hiring more bright young minds than ever before and I’m sure the UK’s young science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community will be pleased to hear we are ramping up our recruitment again this year.”


She said: ”Being one of the leading UK graduate employers, and an Official Partner of the London 2012 Games, we wanted a special welcome for the graduates joining BP this year, so what better way than starting their careers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This will be a memorable experience - a fantastic opportunity for students in a truly unique setting.”


The BP pool of graduates will be trained by BP before they start in the summer, and will be further trained by LOCOG when they undertake their roles. They will work with LOCOG over different periods and stages during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, before starting their full-time roles with BP in September 2012.


Dame Kelly Holmes added: “Throughout my career, focus and determination has played a critical role in my success. It's great to see the UK's next generation of business talent being equally as focussed and determined to achieve their goals. I can't think of a better way for a graduate to start their career than a London 2012 secondment. It's fantastic that one of the Official Partners of the London 2012 Games is giving graduates this exclusive opportunity.”


Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “Without the tens of thousands of people working on the London 2012 Games, they simply wouldn’t happen. We look forward to working with BP’s high-calibre graduates who will no doubt help us make the London 2012 Games a great success. We are also glad that these graduates will be gaining skills and experience that they will be able to use for many years to come, helping us leave a lasting legacy long after the Games have finished.”


Claire Madden, a BP 2012 graduate from Imperial College London said: “It will be absolutely fantastic to be a part of the London 2012 Games next year. The BP secondment scheme is an incredible opportunity to get involved in the Games and to help make it the most memorable Games yet!”


Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: "It is excellent news that BP will be offering more opportunities for graduates this year. They recognise the importance of recruiting the brightest and the best talent in the UK. Working with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) will give these graduates a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Olympics. This will be particularly welcome news for graduates and a reassuring sign that the recruitment market is improving thanks to companies such as BP."

Further information:



Capital MSL, Liam Clark, Associate Director, 020 7307 5345, liam.clark@capitalmsl.com

Michael Kinirons, Senior Consultant, 020 7307 5336, michael.kinirons@capitalmsl.com

Sheila Williams, BP Press Officer, 020 7496 4076, sheila.williams@uk.bp.com

LOCOG, Julie Burley, 020 3201 2432, Julie.Burley@london2012.com

Notes to editors:


  • BP is the Official Oil and Gas Partner for the London 2012 Games, a Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad and the Official Carbon Offset Partner with Target Neutral. More information on BP’s London 2012 partnership activities can be found at www.bp.com/2012
  • BP now recruits 244 graduates in the UK every year, and nearly 1000 worldwide, mostly from STEM backgrounds. It also takes on over 130 summer and one-year paid interns in the UK.
  • Those interested in a role and BP can apply via www.bp.com/careers
  • Over 100 current BP employees have applied to be London 2012 Games Makers, each committing to a 10-day volunteering role at Games-time