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bp provides heat, light and mobility to customers all over the world. With operations in Europe, North and South America, Australasia, Asia and Africa, we employ more than 63,000 employees and support thousands more in our supply chains.

We want bp to reflect the diversity of the world around us and to be open to the best and brightest talent the world has to offer. We need people who can bring diversity of thought, fresh ideas and perspectives.

We want to create a culture where everyone can succeed and feel included, regardless of socioeconomic background. Striving for a better balance of backgrounds in our workforce is both the right thing to do, and also adds value to our business.

bp is currently working with OPITO (the global not for profit skills body for the energy industry) on an industry-wide approach in the North Sea basin. Apprentices spend 2 years at college and 2 years offshore at a sponsored site, culminating in an SVQ Level 3 qualification tagged to a modern apprenticeship. We sponsored 8-12 apprenticeships in each cycle in recent years. Most technicians go on to take full-time roles.

Our School Leaver Apprenticeships enable young adults to study and gain hands-on experience at the same time. Apprenticeships are open to all young adults, however we aim to showcase the schemes available to young adults through our work with schools and colleges local to sites where we operate, as well as through our charity partners. As an example, we work with Career Ready, the social mobility charity which supports young people into internships. The interns who join us through this programme are also encouraged to apply for our school leaver apprenticeships.

In the UK, bp has supported 57 school leaver apprentices to date – 39 are active and getting qualifications in business management, digital, data and software development. Demand for school leaver apprentices has increased by 23% year on year, with two new programmes being established in finance and applied sciences.

There has been strong success to date with one apprentice winning London’s Apprentice of the Year Award in December 2020. Another successfully completed their Level 3 standard with a distinction and subsequently earned a place on the people & culture degree apprenticeship programme.

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Recap – Employers Masterclass: How to talk about class in the workplace

How do you talk openly about class in the workplace? In our latest Employers Masterclass, we discussed the importance of having a workplace environment where employees can talk openly about their backgrounds –enabling employees to feel able to bring their whole selves to work.  Catch up on the session and read our key takeaways from […]

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👇An interesting article regarding the legal considerations of paid and unpaid internships.


To ensure hiring practices are accessible and equitable to all applicants, we advocate for employers to offer paid internships, which (as the article says), “have the potential to be more mutually rewarding to both parties” and ensures the “pool of candidates is not limited to those who are able to support themselves financially whilst undertaking unpaid work”.

For more information on inclusive hiring practices, please visit our employer toolkit –
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