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bp Software Development Apprenticeship

Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
£20,000 + £3,000 sign on bonus
Closing date
5 Nov 2021

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Energy & Utilities
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
18-24 months
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As a global energy business, bp leads 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 your career at bp is always going to be exciting, challenging and full of incredible opportunities. In this apprenticeship, you’ll be joining our Innovation & engineering division on one of our amazing apprenticeship programmes. During the 2 year Software Development programme you'll study for a Level 4 software development apprenticeship.

We’ve embarked on an ambitious plan to modernise and transform through digital. It means more efficiency, more effectiveness and new business models. There’s huge potential for transformation, and you’ll be at the heart of it.

As part of our team, you’ll provide innovative, custom built software for bp colleagues and external users. This software either supports revenue earning activity or helps reduce costs within bp functions by automating manual activity. Ultimately, you’ll be helping us become a digital leader in our sector, so we can drive energy transition and solve real-world problems.

Developing, improving and crafting new products and services, you’ll focus on at-scale enterprise software development products using Java, C#.Net or Node js. You’ll also be involved in rapid application development on low-code platforms such as Salesforce, Service Now and Microsoft PowerApps. In addition, you’ll look at responsive mobile/web development using React Native, Xamarin and similar frameworks.

And you can earn while you learn, with a competitive starting salary of £20,000 + £3,000 sign on bonus.

So, who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people who really want to work in a global business.  You’ll be passionate about writing code - whether formally, or in your spare time. It’s important that you can author and improve technical and systems documentation. To be successful, you must be committed and motivated to studying towards a qualification. You must also be able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. 

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, verbal reasoning and error checking abilities.
  • On-demand Video Interview – a motivation and values-based interview.
  • Assessment centre - a combination of a group and individual exercises.
  • Offer and feedback - a firm offer or guidance on how to succeed next time.


  • 2 x A Levels in STEM subjects at grade C or above and have a passion for software development/coding.  
  • We will also consider other relevant level 3 qualifications e.g. apprenticeships or the international baccalaureate.

To apply, you must be aged 18 or over at start of the programme in September 2021

If you’re studying A-levels or completing further education, you must be due to complete your qualification/s in 2022 (we’re unable to progress applications for students who will be part way through their studies when the programme starts). 

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 need.

The apprenticeship programme is based at our offices in London and Sunbury.


BP is a global energy business, working towards producing cleaner energy, while lowering carbon in a safe, sustainable way – to help the world keep advancing. It is only by bringing together diverse people in one, world-class team that we’ll succeed. And when joining our Apprenticeship programmes, you’ll have a part to play too.

Our Apprenticeship programmes will give you a platform to become a business leader, leading scientist or ground-breaking engineer - offering you plenty of opportunities to make a real contribution, while helping you achieve your full potential. Our diverse and inclusive environment focuses on teamwork, respect and ambition, as much as on academic achievements. From day one, you’ll be offered a real chance to build a challenging, varied career and to contribute at any stage of the energy life cycle. At BP, you can achieve your goals, while making a meaningful impact for millions.

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