We aim to recruit our workforce from the community or country in which we are based. While some governments require us to do so, we try to do this wherever we work because we believe it’s not just good for the local community, it’s good for BP.
When vital skills, such as engineering and technical abilities, are in short supply, we offer training and on-the-job learning.
To help local suppliers develop their business skills, we jointly launched the Invest in Africa initiative in Senegal in 2018. The programme aims to improve understanding of international standards and contracting processes so that local companies can bid for work with businesses like BP. Together with other founding partners Cairn Energy, Kosmos Energy and Woodside, we plan to develop a database of local suppliers who have passed the initial due diligence process. This will allow international operators to identify appropriate suppliers more easily.
Our West Nile Delta project is located around 85 kilometres offshore from Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city. To bring lasting benefits to the communities where the gas comes onshore, we provide local people with training on vocational skills and health and safety standards. Almost 700 people took part in 2018, studying topics such as defensive driving, scaffolding, welding and working at heights. Approximately 10% of the people trained now work on the West Nile Delta project. The aim is to reach around 1,500 people by the end of 2019.
BP supports a number of apprenticeship programmes in countries where we work, providing access to development opportunities to a wide range of young people.
In the North Sea we provided 12 oil and gas technical apprenticeships in 2018 in partnership with OPITO, the skills organization for oil and gas. Participants spend two years at college and a further two years on site, earning two qualifications on completion of the programme.
Our Tangguh liquefied natural gas plant is located in the remote Papua Barat province in Indonesia. We are committed to reaching an 85% Papuan workforce by 2029, up from 56% in 2018, through internships and technical programmes and training apprentices from Papua and Papua Barat.
To create a sustainable source of income for local people, we’ve also helped establish several businesses. These include a clothing manufacturer and a company that provides air conditioning maintenance services.