BP Launches Skills Refinery to Improve Student Employability
BP has launched the Skills Refinery, a new global online portal that aims to improve students’ employability.
The new project provides students with the opportunity to test and develop their abilities in five skills areas, according to BP. These comprise critical problem solving, innovation, influence and communication, cognitive flexibility and emotional intelligence.
BP says the platform has been developed “using the latest digital technologies to create an online gamified portal, where students will find resources to help them enhance these essential professional skills, while also having fun”.
In its first year, the Skills Refinery will be piloted in five regions – Australia, Azerbaijan, Singapore, the UK and the US, with a full global launch planned for 2019. It is open to undergraduate students in their first and second years of study and is free to join.
“At BP we recognize that the world is changing fast. Technology and digitization are transforming the workplace and the nature of work is quickly evolving,” Julia Harvie-Liddel, group head of resourcing at BP, said in a company statement.
“We believe we can play a critical role in helping students ‘future proof’ their skills and better equip them to be successful in an ever-changing world. We don’t know what the jobs of the future will be, but we can give students the skills to prepare for them. We hope the Skills Refinery will enable them to do just that,” Harvie-Liddel added.
Earlier this week, BP announced on its careers Twitter page that applications were now open for the company’s 2019 graduate and early careers opportunities in the UK.
The company has several locations for UK based graduates, interns and students, according to its website.
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