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Founded: 1908 Employees: 79,800
Industry: Energy and Utilities
BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. We provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.
We have been based in the UK for more than 100 years and we continue to invest in our business and people so we can provide the energy the country needs. We directly employ 15,000 people across the UK working in cutting-edge labs with next-generation technologies, on bustling trading floors, and on innovative oil platforms.
Together they work to find, recover and refine oil and gas, as well as market our products. And it’s this diverse range of talented people who continue to innovate, develop and create fresh ideas that make BP the company it is today.
Find out more about what we do at BP.
We believe that Modern Muse can help girls and young women see themselves in careers that require STEM skills and it can provide fantastic insights into the different types of careers available. Engaging with Muses can also help those girls make subject choices that help them access those careers.
Why does BP care so much about STEM skills?
We need a steady stream of talented people with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to drive progress and innovation and solve the challenges that humanity will face in the years to come. This benefits society in general as well as BP as a company. However, there is a skills gap.
Addressing the gap in STEM is particularly important in the energy industry. Meeting the world’s energy demand is increasingly challenging; the industry needs bright people with a strong foundation in STEM subjects to be the geologists, drilling engineers, chemists and analysts of the future.
BP’s approach to STEM education
To encourage more young people to choose STEM subjects, the BP approach is built on raising ‘science capital' – determined by an individual’s science-related qualifications, their understanding and knowledge about science and knowing someone who works in a science-related job. The higher an individual’s science capital, the higher the likelihood they will pursue a STEM career.
BP understands the need to work collectively with parents, teachers and the wider industry to increase science capital and help young people see themselves as the scientists and engineers of the future. We share our research in this area with the wider education community and we work with a range of STEM partners to draw upon their diverse range of skills and expertise and encourage STEM participation by pupils and students.
Take our quiz to find out what your science capital is.
Careers at BP
Projects to challenge you. People to inspire you. Training to develop you. BP offers everything you need for a rewarding career.
Our commitment to building a stronger, more sustainable energy future is matched by our commitment to the people who will make it a reality. So we’ll invest in your development, equipping you with the technical skills for the present and ensuring you have a fulfilling, long-term career.
BP offers a wide range of career possibilities, some that you'd expect to find; in engineering, science and business - but many that may surprise you. For example did you know we have a meteorologist at BP?
We have also launched a school leaver programme in our Integrated Supply and Trading business (IST). The three-year IST A-level Programme is a real alternative to university, providing a unique opportunity to build a long-term career within IST.
Working at BP
If you'd like to find out what it's like working at BP then who better to give you the inside story than our graduates and interns. You can also find out more about our graduate opportunities and our student opportunities on our careers website.
Whatever interests you, we've got a role to suit. Visit our careers website to find out more about the type of roles we recruit.
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BP’s support for education at www.bp.com/stem.
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According to research, 70% of school children say they like science and maths, but less than a fifth think it is “for them.” This is even lower for girls and young women thinking about many STEM-related careers. In countries such as the UK and US, there is widespread concern that not enough young people are choosing to study STEM subjects after the age of 16.
Women are the most underrepresented, particularly in the physical sciences and engineering. This means that a pool of potential talent is being lost and organisations like BP, which depend on people with a strong foundation in STEM-related subjects, are missing out on the many benefits of a more diverse workforce.
Find out more about our STEM activities at BP.