BP launches world-class petro-technical learning programme

4 September 2012

Today BP officially launched in Baku its new multi-million dollar petro-technical resource entry programme (PREP) in support of capability development of national petro-technical graduates joining BP. 
PREP is designed as an international-standard learning and development tool to train young Azerbaijani petro-technical graduates for successful career path within BP. This is in line with BP plans to increase the number of national graduates that the company recruits annually to support its business growth in the region. 

BP hosted an event in Baku today to mark the start of this world-class learning programme with 55 graduates specializing in surface engineering, subsurface and wells. They have been selected as first PREP trainees from among approximately one thousand applicants to petro-technical graduate positions announced by BP in 2011. 

PREP is specifically designed to help petro-technical graduates deepen their technical knowledge, business awareness, communication and English language skills. It is also designed as an arena for learning how to link these skills with practical application in the oil and gas industry. 

In his congratulatory address to the successful PREP participants Rashid Javanshir, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said: “BP is proud to launch this unique learning programme in Azerbaijan. PREP is a preliminary step for national graduate hires in their development from university graduation to long-term professional career at BP. We believe it will help increase the number of young Azerbaijani men and women joining BP, as well as the number of nationals joining the international oil industry in general. 

“As Azerbaijan’s biggest oil and gas industry partner for 20 years, BP has always supported the country in its efforts to increase the professional and intellectual capital of the nation. BP remains committed to its plans for business growth in Azerbaijan and nationalization targets set at 90%. We believe PREP as a world-class learning and development tool will support our plans as well as contribute to the growth of petro-technical expertise and potential of the country.” 

Recruitment to PREP will be held annually within BP’s graduate recruitment plans and the programme will start each September spanning over the period of eleven months. PREP will use BP’s new learning centre in Baku’s Old City specifically designed and equipped for this purpose. The programme will be delivered by Heriot-Watt University (UK), a leading and reputable international school for business and industry, and TTE-Petrofac (UK). 

Notes to Editors 

In addition to PREP, BP itself and jointly with its co-venturers has to date developed and operated many other successful learning tools to help professional development of national technical and petro-technical experts. These include the Caspian Technical Training Center (CTTC) located at the Sangachal Terminal and BP’s internal Challenge programme. 

Further information:
Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku, tel.: +994 (0)12 437 7573; fax:+994 (0)12 437 7442