Our people and values

We value diversity of people and thought, and we aim to treat everyone at BP with respect and dignity

Our values of safety, respect, excellence, courage and one team, express what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an organization. 

The values, and the behaviour that reflects them, are part of our recruitment, promotion and individual performance assessment processes. They define what we expect from our employees and are reinforced by our remuneration structure, which connects how individuals are rewarded with how we work at a group, team and individual level.


Work environment

We have built a positive work environment, where people have the space and support to be at their best and develop their skills and experience in line with their aspirations. Our values and behaviours, code of conduct, policies and culture, are key elements of our work environment. For example, we have a flexible working hour’s policy, which allows people maintain a work-life balance. We provide several means for our workforce to voice their concerns and grievances, which are carefully looked at and actions are taken when necessary. 


Our recruitment forecasts are aligned with the anticipated increase in activity resulting from new operations and projects or to replace leaving expatriate workers. Our need for qualified and experienced Angolan employees remains demanding. We offer a competitive reward package and attractive career development prospects. Interested candidates can check and apply for open vacancies through our careers website.

Developing our people

By building the capacity of our workforce, we aim to create a sustainable business in Angola and contribute to national development. To sustain our growth, we need to attract good quality applicants and offer them an attractive career development path. Our development programmes include formal training, mentoring and coaching, assignments and on the job training, and aim to provide participants with a foundation of technical skills and development opportunities tailored to their needs. 


Across BP, our aim is that our workforce reflects the local communities in which we operate. Angolan nationals represent approximately 70% of our total workforce based in Angola, and the BP Angola leadership team includes five Angolan nationals. Our business in Angola continues to grow with great opportunities for people to develop their careers. 

The scholarship programme

To develop the required pool of skilled labour, we run a scholarship programme which supports students through university, typically in engineering disciplines. We support students during their studies, carrying out regular visits by the early development team and tracking and monitoring progress. Since 2009, 32  people have joined BP in Angola having graduated from our scholarship programme in chemical, electrical, mechanical, structural and petroleum engineering fields from universities in Turkey, South Africa, US and the UK. In addition, approximately 80 other BP-supported students are at various stages of their four-year degree programmes in engineering disciplines, expected to graduate by 2017 and to contribute to our graduate recruitment. We have also supported engineering students studying in Angola. 

The offshore technicians programme

This programme offers routes for study and vocational training to young nationals looking to develop a career in the oil and gas industry. Trainees attend a 12-month intensive English language course followed by two to three years vocational training at BP facilities in the UK, South Africa or on BP ships. About 90% of the current Angolan technician population on the two BP Angola production facilities, Greater Plutonio (in Block 18) and PSVM (in Block 31) came from the BP technician programme pool. More than 200 trainees have graduated from the programme since it began in 2001.

The Challenge programme

In 2013, BP’s Upstream Challenge programme celebrated 20 years as the company’s longest running graduate development plan. Aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates with less than three years’ work experience, the programme was created in 1993 to help graduates develop their technical and professional skills. The highly-structured, competency-based programme covers a range of disciplines, such as engineering, finance, subsurface and wells. It provides graduates with practical experience and formal training to build strength in their chosen discipline. Each graduate undertakes two to three job rotations over a period of three years, with each rotation providing appropriate field or operational experience where needed. Graduates also receive up to 20 days of formal training every year, along with support, coaching, assessments and feedback. Once the three years are complete, graduates can go on to pursue a range of career opportunities, from technical specialists to leadership roles. We currently have a total of 75  Challengers working in the Angola region.

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