Whether you join the Technical or Commercial Functions area of the Shell Graduate Programme, you will receive unparalleled formal training that will enhance your career. We’ve designed the programme to give remarkable candidates like you the business knowledge and training you’ll need to become a future leader.

Depending on your chosen path, you’ll participate in a two to five year Development Programme combining on the job learning with formal training opportunities. You’ll be given stimulating hands-on roles, and have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our company values.

On top of a competitive starting salary and other benefits, you will direct have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through structured learning and contributing to groundbreaking projects. All throughout the Graduate Programme, you’ll be supported by a supervisor to provide guidance and constructive feedback.

Shell Graduate Programme at a glance:

  • 2-5 year Development Programme with rotations depending on your chosen area
  • Challenging and substantial responsibilities from your first entry into the business, where your performance contributes to company success
  • A structured Development Programme, highly valued across the industry.
  • Working for a globally recognised brand tackling globally significant challenges
  • Excellent flexibility and work-life balance

Why shell

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Energy Transition Challenge: Searching for New Energies

Energy fuels both the global economy and our everyday lives, and with a global improvement of living standards and population growth, we are seeing the continued rise in demand for energy. The big challenge is how to provide much more energy while at the same time significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is what we call the energy challenge.

Working towards a low carbon future

We recognise the significance of climate change, along with the role energy plays in helping people achieve and maintain a good quality of life. A key role for society – and for Shell – is to find ways to provide much more energy with less carbon dioxide. This global energy transition therefore requires a huge undertaking – producing and consuming energy in a different way. We need to design our economies, communities and lives to thrive on these energy systems.

Explore one of the most innovative companies in the world

There has never been a more exciting time to work in the energy industry.
With a career at Shell, you’ll have a part to play in uniquely innovative projects which will provide unbeatable experience.
We have a track record of world firsts, from Shell Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, to Prelude, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas facility. These aren’t just engineering achievements. They are a product of a business that genuinely prizes progress, where you will be constantly encouraged to explore new ways of thinking and working.

A World Class Company needs World Class Talent

We’re also one of the world’s best-known brands. With around 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries, we operate on a scale few can rival. You’ll have the opportunity to work with brilliant people from all around the world, sharing expertise and points of view that will enrich your experience.
The scale of our challenge is exciting too. Global demand for energy is rapidly rising, and outpacing supply. We offer a Graduate Programme that will develop both your professional expertise and your leadership potential. Where you will work and learn as an integral part of a talented global team and be inspired by where your career could take you.

About the Programme


Developing Future Leaders

We’ve designed the Shell Graduate Programme to give remarkable students and graduates like you a real role in our business, whether you join our Technical, Commercial Business or Corporate Functions area. We’ll provide you with the outstanding experience and training you’ll need to become a future leader of our business.

Challenging Roles from Day One

  • Increasing levels of responsibility
  • A culture of feedback and continuous improvement
  • Commercial and Corporate programmes have Rotations within the programme. Technical programmes may have more than one project assignment

Professional Development

  • Assigned Supervisor & Mentor
  • Tailored Individual Development Plan

Assured Performance & Competence

  • Industry regular performance checks
  • Formal end of programme assessment
  • Opportunity for rapid progression

Comprehensive Financial Rewards and Benefits

  • Being recognized and rewarded through performance related pay

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Opportunity for you to join “Ignite” our Graduate network and other Employee networks at Shell that celebrate diversity and inclusion
  • Be part of a diverse and connected global network with opportunities to stay connected after your internship

Learning and Development

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A Challenging and Exciting Career

Every step of the way, we’ll support you through a combination of structured training, informal on-the-job learning, regular check-ins and inspiring mentors.

Whether you’re experiencing different areas of our business or different major projects, you’ll always have opportunities to develop and grow. Above all, we’ll help you build rock solid foundations for a challenging and exciting career.


At the outset you will be assigned a senior supervisor to help guide your progression through Shell’s Commercial Business division. They will agree a planned course of action with you and provide all the means necessary to achieve your career goals.

Job rotations/Project Assignments

You will have the opportunity to sample two or three rotations, each offering a broad range of challenging responsibilities.

Formal training

To supplement your practical training you will be enrolled onto formal learning courses specific to your area of expertise. They may include offsite or onsite learning and accreditations at societies or qualifications depending on your chosen discipline.

Progress checks

You will receive regular formal progress checks to ensure we are doing everything we can to support your learning journey.

End-of-year assessment

You will be given the chance to demonstrate your new skills and commercial knowledge during assessments at the end of each year, as well as a final assignment before completing the programme.

What we look for

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Throughout the application and assessment process, we’ll be assessing you in the following three criteria, which we call the

CAR Criteria:


How well you absorb information, analyse problems, make fact-based decisions and propose innovative solutions.


How well you get things done, for example your drive, resilience, self-confidence and organizational skills


How well you work in teams, communicate and respect others

Entry Requirements

For the Shell Graduate Programme, you must be in your final year of study or have graduated from a recognised University.
There are no specific academic requirements for grades at A level or GCSE equivalents, however we do expect candidates to have a strong academic record.

Online Application

Find a Graduate Programme in your country location by using the search bar. Complete your application online – note you can save time by connecting your LinkedIn profile. Before applying, make sure you are eligible to work in the country where the programme is based. The application shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes.

You can also use our degree matcher tool to help you find the career path best suited for you, and see how many opportunities are available.

Application process

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