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Career Ready and BP – working together in partnership

Career Ready & BP started a partnership in 2002 which has since gone on to transform the lives of thousands of young people across the UK.

Over the life of our partnership, BP has supported the delivery of our work in Aberdeen, London Canary Wharf and London Sunbury-on-Thames, through the provision of mentors, paid internships, masterclass facilitators, Local Advisory Board members, funding, and in-kind support including hosting student events such as A Capital Experience and other workplace visits. 

Their financial support continues to grow our impact and reach across the UK.  


  • 297 Career Ready students have experienced paid internships at BP across Aberdeen, Canary Wharf and Sunbury. In 2018, 42 students were hosted at BP.
  • 159 BP staff have mentored a Career Ready student.

How we work together

  • Financial support for our core programme, including through their BP Employee Matching Fund programme, where each volunteer hour equates to funding. 
  • Volunteers for our work with cluster schools in Feltham, as well as paid internships for their young people. 
  • Recruit mentors and internship hosts to support students from across London and Essex schools & colleges. They also host students at A Capital Experience, our yearly launch event for our students.
  • In Aberdeen, they provide each student who is mentored by a BP volunteer with a paid internship in the summer.

Find out more about our partnership with BP 

Key achievements

BP are the second largest employer of Career Ready interns in London, hosting 40+ interns across the UK each year. 

  • The success of our interns at BP is reflected in how the programme has been embraced.
  • BP host interns for 6 weeks, seeing the benefits the length of internship has on both interns and their hosting teams.
  • Each intern has a specific project. Many work alongside university graduates on internship, resulting in an increase of enthusiasm, collaboration, and productivity.  
  • They offer an intern to return the following year to support the new intern cohort, becoming an ambassador for the business and programme.
  • They invite 2 interns from the previous year’s internship, to spend the day with the new intern cohort on their first day, which results in more motivated students throughout the internship. 
  • Supervisors often stay in touch with their interns, gaining feedback post internship and inviting them back into the business to help improve the next delivery of internships. Many supervisors return each year to host an intern again. 
  • They also use their experience to form part of their annual performance review conversations.

Success stories  

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