For the past decade, we have partnered with the National STEM Learning Centre to help science teachers continue their professional development. We also developed the five-year Enterprising Science programme with University College London, King’s College London and the Science Museum to better understand factors that affect the way in which young people engage with STEM subjects. The programme came to an end in 2018 but continues to inform our ongoing work with schools and universities as well as our STEM-related teaching resources. It is also the basis for the Science Museum Group Academy, which launched in October 2018 with BP as the founding partner.
We supported the Royal Academy of Engineering’s This Is Engineering initiative in 2018, aimed at encouraging more young people, from all backgrounds, to pursue engineering careers.
BP’s STEM ambassador volunteer programme encourages employees to become mentors and promote STEM careers in local schools and communities. We also support Million Women Mentors, an initiative set up to encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM-based careers.
We are partnering with non-governmental organization AFS Intercultural Programs on a new three-year international exchange programme that combines hands-on STEM learning with intercultural activities and problem-solving. In 2018, 100 students participated in the programme, which included the opportunity to study abroad for four weeks in Brazil, Egypt or the US. On completion, 92% of participants said they were interested in pursuing further STEM education and 93% said their interest in world affairs had increased.
The number of graduates joining BP in 2018 was 296, a slight decrease from 314 graduates in 2017. We were pleased to be named the UK’s highest-ranking recruiter in the oil and gas sector in The Times newspaper’s Top 100 Graduate Employer rankings in 2018.