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HR Degree Apprentice

On our HR Degree Apprenticeship you’ll enjoy plenty of on-the-job experience, with 20% of your time dedicated to formal learning. This will include core degree activity, as well as access to our own internal HR learning and development, to help you develop technical, business and behavioural competencies.

BP - Employer

We deliver heat, light and mobility products and services to people all around the world in ways that will help to drive the transition to a lower carbon future.

As a global energy business, we lead the world in powering a cleaner, more sustainable future. And as our business is so diverse, so are the types of people we employ: from engineers and geologists out in the field, to IT professionals, research scientists, financial traders and retail workers. Because of this, our teams come from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds – so an HR career at BP is always going to be exciting, challenging and full of incredible opportunities.



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Job Summary

GBP 386.43
New Vacancy
Human Resources

Detailed Job Description

Study for a Business Management degree during your HR apprenticeship

To excel as an HR professional, you need to understand business strategy, how the business works and how to get the best out of people to support business goals. That’s why, on our HR Degree Apprenticeship, we’ll pay for your Business Management degree. You’ll have the opportunity to take everything you learn from your studies and apply it directly to the business, which will help you develop your career as an HR professional in a world-leading multi-national organization.

Join our HR Degree Apprenticeship to:

·Gain experience of every part of our global organization in a structured four-year programme

·Study towards a Business Management degree

·Enjoy exciting long-term career options and development with a future-thinking world leader

·Earn while you learn, with a competitive starting salary of £20,200 + £2,100 location allowance

A mixture of on-the-job experience and classroom learning

You’ll have full support from your apprenticeship training provider and the BP HR early career programme team – as well as regular structured feedback on your development, progress to date, and next steps. In addition, you’ll be guided at every step by an experienced mentor and buddy.

The degree apprenticeship programme is based at our International Centre for Business and Technology (ICBT) in Sunbury-on-Thames. From time to time you may also be required to travel to our central London offices.

What to expect: your four-year degree apprenticeship

On this four-year programme, you’ll split your time between a number of exciting roles. Each role will give you a comprehensive introduction to BP, our businesses and our HR function. In these rotational roles, you’ll gain knowledge of the sub-disciplines within HR, and develop the technical, business and behavioural skills you’ll need to become a well-rounded HR professional.

·Your first 12 months: building skills. Your first year will be spent in HR services to give you a fundamental appreciation of how HR operates, developing your understanding of HR policy, advice, systems, process and employee experience. This foundation will be invaluable as you move into your next rotations.

·The next 36 months: broadening your development. Your first year is followed by two rotations in a specialist or business facing HR role, depending on the requirements of your study plan and available opportunities across HR at the time.

·Aligning with our graduate programme: you will be developed alongside our HR graduates and will part of that broader early career community. If you meet the programme requirements and successfully complete your Business Management degree, you’ll formally graduate from the programme after four years.

Discover a range of HR opportunities within BP

During your four-year HR Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll rotate through the following areas:

HR Services

This area is responsible for delivering centralised and standardised HR services for BP. They’re the first point of contact for HR related matters; the team are policy and process experts, dedicated to delivering the best customer experience possible. During your rotations in the Global HR Services team, you can expect to work on projects and processes centred around:

•HRIS and payroll systems implementation and improvements •Human resources data analysis

•BP’s Human Resources Service Centre and other outsourcing services throughout the region

•Development/implementation of HR systems and process

•Country start-ups and HR Operations infrastructure set-up

•New hire orientation

•Employment risk assessments.

HR Business Facing

At least one of your rotations will be business facing, providing support across a broad range of HR-related issues, policies, and practices. Your responsibilities may include:

•Salary planning

•Employee relations

•Performance management

•Talent management

•Diversity and inclusion

•Change management


•Policy interpretation.

HR Specialist

Your HR Specialist rotation will give you the opportunity to gain a deeper experience and understanding in a specific HR discipline, such as the following:

•Reward Projects could include: salary determination, executive compensation, variable pay, equity/long-term incentive, health and welfare benefits, wellness, pension and savings.

·Resourcing Projects could include: human resources data analysis, talent and sourcing strategy, business support to both HR generalists and line management, diversity and inclusion initiatives, recruitment life cycle.

·International Mobility Projects could include: assignment support to both inbound and outbound expatriates, HR IM system implementation and improvements, data management and analysis, development/implementation/interpretation of HR IM policies, vendor management, cost optimisation.

•Employee and Labour Relations Projects could include: global, cross-segment exposure, labour union issues, employee relations processes (e.g., investigations, training, organizational restructuring), human resources policy, supporting processes, and communications, HR compliance, risk assessments.

•Talent and Learning Projects could include: support of function, segment or groupwide initiatives, learning design and delivery, effective utilization of corporate memberships and partnerships for learning resources, support of talent development programmes.

Why HR is so important to us

Attracting and retaining the very best people in our industry – regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic – is what makes us competitive in an ever-changing business landscape.

At BP, our HR professionals support the business to recruit, retain and reward people who can keep us ahead of the global energy challenge. They also help build our internal capability by anticipating the demand for new skills. So of course, HR is a business area that’s integral to our continued growth and development. We’re committed to doing the right thing, working as one team, supporting our people’s development and creating a great place to work. And that’s in large part thanks to our HR professionals. They act as critical thinkers and strategic business partners – drawing on their unique knowledge sets to offer advice, guidance and challenge to managers and employees on HR strategy and every aspect of the employee lifecycle.

Recruitment process

  • Online application - this is your chance to show us what motivates you
  • SJQ - a set of untimed questions will look to see how you match up with BP values
  • Online tests - these will check your numerical and verbal reasoning
  • Assessment centre - a motivation and values-based interview, a group exercise, tour and lunch
  • Offer and feedback - a firm offer or guidance on how to succeed next time

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

To apply, you must be aged 18 or over at start of the programme in September 2019. If you’re studying A-levels or completing further education, you must be due to complete your qualification/s in 2019 (we’re unable to progress applications for students who will be part way through their studies when the programme starts). You’ll also need to have:

•120 UCAS points (excluding General Studies), or equivalent

•Eligibility to study in the UK

•Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent.

This programme is designed for school leavers and other individuals who do not have a degree. If you’re studying or have a degree, please apply to our student and graduate opportunities.

Details of any travel required as part of your degree will be clarified during the selection process. We’re happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

Skills required

We believe in hiring people with the right core competencies and interest, rather than specific technical experience. That’s why, when it comes to our Degree Apprenticeship programme, we welcome applicants from a range of academic subject backgrounds.

You must also have the ability to work on your own initiative – and be able to work co-operatively as part of a team. You’ll have a keen eye for detail, excellent written, verbal communication and numeracy skills, and the ability to plan ahead and prioritize your workload.

Personal Qualities

Most importantly, we’re looking for people who have a real passion to work in a global business, and a drive to support the people aspects of our business agenda. To be successful, you must be committed and motivated to studying towards a Business Management degree qualification.

Future prospects

After qualifying: a rewarding career. Beyond formal early career programmes, BP employees tend to move roles every two to four years (subject to performance and experience). We are committed to providing the guidance and tools to support your continued development and success. Throughout your career at BP, there will be many options for further development. Whichever route you choose to take, we can offer you a very rewarding career.

Additional Information

Training provided

-Training on the four year, HR Degree apprenticeship

-You will study towards a Business Management degree

WhiteHat - Learning Provider

You’re not just applying for a role with this employer, you are applying to be a WhiteHat apprentice, and WhiteHat will be with you every step of your apprenticeship journey. WhiteHat specialises in bringing young people ages 16-24 together with top companies from around the greater London area. Whitehat's goal is to help their learners on their apprenticeship journey as they begin their career paths within the world of business.

For more information about this vacancy please contact WhiteHat on 0203 621 6131 or email: (Ref ID:93897)

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