The Shell Graduate Programme lasts at least 3 years, and is the beginning of a career-long development that places high value on flexibility and a great work-life balance.

What to expect on the Programme

  • Your Learning Journey

    Within your three years in the programme, you will be molded to be a future leader through a range of development opportunities which may include job rotations, on-the-job challenges, formal training and coaching.

  • Tailored Graduate Development

    At Shell, we empower graduates to take ownership of your own development.

    Co-created by you and your line manager to make the best of your individual strengths, your unique plan is an agreed course of action to help you keep track of your progress and steer your learning.

    Using this plan as a guide, you will actively manage your development while your line manager will provide the necessary enablement.

  • End-of-Programme Assessment

    At the end of your programme, your performance and achievements will be reviewed. Upon a successful outcome, an exciting next phase of the journey will commence.

Choose the Shell path for you

Shell is one of the world’s largest companies, with variety of roles and opportunities, globally. To help you find the best place for your skills, we have organised our Graduate Programme into three distinct business areas.

Global Functions


In Global Functions, you will help deliver the specialist advice that enables us to operate as a highly competitive global business. In expert fields like Finance, Contracting & Procurement, HR and Information and Digital Technology, you’ll have the opportunity to work and collaborate with teams across the globe.

Your Shell Global Functions Graduate Programme experience

You will undertake two 18-month assignments during your time in the Programme. Your first assignment is determined on hiring, the next via either application or placement (depending on number/location of roles). Each assignment is different from the last, with roles designed to complement each other, with a broad range of experience and development (which may depend on availability, mobility and development needs).

We offer roles with real responsibility and development opportunities from the start.

You will experience a spectrum of diverse and enriching learning opportunities that will allow you to accelerate your development. Beyond formal courses and workshops, these include social learning, interactions with senior leaders and collaboration with a global network of experienced colleagues. You will grow, learn, and thrive in a supportive and dynamic environment.

Upon successful completion of the Roundtable assessment, you will be able to further develop your career and expertise

Global Function-specific programmes include:


Finance in Shell is a global organization at the heart of our business delivering a world-class Finance capability. We offer a range of disciplines, from management and financial accounting, controlling and treasury to investor relations, tax and mergers and acquisitions. Finance challenges and improves the way Shell works and thereby makes a positive contribution to the bottom line. We provide financial leadership and are accountable for the integrity of internal and external financial reporting. We offer the opportunity to do leading edge work within best practice business and financial structures, process and systems. For example, Finance employees play a key role in delivering major capital investment programs and significant business growth. We also offer an environment where you can readily develop personally and professionally.

Why apply for a Finance Graduate role?

Learn today, lead tomorrow – Having a learner mindset in Shell means you will be encouraged and inspired to develop your capabilities from the start. You will have the chance to build your skills every day while helping Shell power progress, for example via professional accreditation (ACCA, CIMA) and on the job development.

Collaborate with high calibre talent – You will work with professionals and experts who can share their experience, skills and energy with you. In turn, because we value diversity in all its aspects, you can share your insights, ideas and enthusiasm to improve how Finance in Shell operates. 

Achieve your balance in a values-led culture – Our key values of honesty, integrity and respect inform our work every day. You will experience an environment where you can bring your best and be yourself, while managing your priorities.

Develop the energy solutions of tomorrow and today – We will provide the environment and opportunity to make a difference through the work you do to contribute to the energy transition. You could be working with customer, driving insightful financial information through the company and supporting the commercial decision-making process.

Human Resources

Human Resources (HR) is a great place to be in Shell. It involves managing the processes that affect human performance and attitudes in a way that delivers business results. The value added by HR activities can significantly increase the rate of return on Shell’s investment in people. HR policies and processes directly impact the bottom line through employee attraction, onboarding, retention, development of leadership capabilities and motivation. 

Shell places a high value on its people, and within Shell, HR is a valued partner with business leaders and is a trusted resource for resolving employee issues and advocating employee interests. Our global community of HR professionals is accountable for the quality, implementation and execution of these processes to deliver better business results.

Why apply for an HR Graduate role?

Learn today, lead tomorrow – You will be supported and inspired to develop your capabilities from day one. Having a learner mindset will mean you have the chance to build your skills every day while helping Shell power progress, for example via in role development and social learning. Careers for HR generalist and specialists are available.

Collaborate with high calibre talent – Shell is known for its inclusive and collaborative approach. You will have the opportunity to work with professionals and experts who can share their insights and experiences which will mean you can grow, learn and, in turn, share your ideas to improve HR in Shell. 

Achieve your balance in a values-led culture – Honesty, integrity and respect are the core values in Shell. In HR, you will experience an environment where you can be yourself and be your best, while also playing a part in supporting Shell develop that culture through our people strategies and programmes.

Support the energy solutions of tomorrow and today – People are at the heart of what we do. An HR role in Shell will provide the opportunity to improve business results and employee experience. You might be supporting change management, team development or performance management to enable business success through the energy transition.



The Commercial Graduate Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for you to demonstrate delivering commercial value across Shell. Joining this Programme will drive your development by enabling you to closely collaborate and create solutions together with our customers, business partners and suppliers to accelerate profitability in the Energy Transition.

Your Shell Commercial Graduate Programme experience

You will undertake two different 18-month commercial assignments during your time on the Programme. Regardless of which part of the business you will work for, you will be exposed to multiple elements of the end-to-end value chain, learning the dynamics of profit and loss and how to deliver commercial value for our customers, whilst leveraging data analytics and digital ways of working.

The types of roles and experiences we offer are broad and you will have real responsibility from day one. You could be working in Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain, Business Development, Supply & Distribution Operations, Asset Economics, Deal Making, Customer Solutions or Pricing.

As you progress through different experiences and projects, we’ll also provide you with diverse and enriching learning opportunities. These will be in the form of not only traditional training courses, e-learning modules and workshops, but also focused on social learning, connects with senior commercial leaders and through case studies for you to work on with your fellow Graduates from across the globe.

Upon successful completion of the Roundtable assessment, you will be ready to continue your commercial career in your discipline of interest.

Lines of business you can explore

We have opportunities across the breadth of Shell. Most assignments are in Downstream Renewables & Energy Solutions businesses where we serve around 32 million customers a day at 46,000 service stations and provide products to more than 1 million business customers across 160 countries. This includes Mobility, Global Lubricants, Chemicals & Products, Trading & Supply, Shell Energy and Low Carbon Solutions business. If you are interested to learn more about each line of business, please explore this page on our website - What we do | Shell Global



Our technical teams work on some of the most exciting projects in the world. Whether you’re an engineer or a scientist, you’ll have the chance to use and develop state of the art technology, gaining unrivalled hands-on experience. Within our diverse global teams, you’ll find yourself working with leading minds and industry experts from around the world.

We play an important role in defining the future of energy, by building the Upstream assets that deliver material cash flows, the Downstream assets where Shell produces advanced, low-carbon products, and the Integrated Gas & Renewables and Energy Solutions assets that deliver the energy that powers lives and livelihoods.

Your Shell Technical Graduate Programme experience

This rigorous programme is built on core competences and business-critical capabilities. It is a globally standardized programme that is intended to accelerate Graduates’ development so they are able to make decisions independently in preparation for a Management level role in a duration of 2-3 years. This competence-driven approach enables graduates to be developed in a broader technical skill base, with exposure to discipline specific skills.

Technical development is complemented with the skills that you will need to make an early business impact or critical personal skills to be able to build a trustful working relationship with others.

Upon successful completion of the Roundtable assessment, you will be eligible to move to a Management Level role or to enroll in the Shell Advanced Technical Programme (SATP)*.

*Enrollment to SATP only applies to Graduates under these disciplines: Instrumentation, Control, and Electrical (ICE), Wells, Projects, Research and Development (R&D) and Process Engineering

Discipline-specific programmes which can lead to SATP (Shell Advanced Technical Programme)

  • Instrumentation, Control, and Electrical (ICE)
  • Wells
  • Projects
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • Process Engineering

Other Technical programmes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemicals & Products Maintenance, Reliability & Turnaround
  • Civil, Offshore and Pipelines
  • Shipping and Maritime
  • Geosciences
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Safety and Environment
  • Upstream Production

Trading and Supply

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Shell Trading & Supply (T&S) is one of the largest energy trading organisations in the world with hubs in London, Houston, Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam.

We support the Shell group through trading crude oil, refined products, low-carbon fuels, power, liquefied natural gas (LNG), chemical feedstocks, environmental products and freight services in trading hubs around the world. We are active in most energy markets across the globe, sourcing from a wide range of suppliers and selling to a wide range of customers.

T&S consists of a number of separate businesses that belong to the Shell group of companies. This provides us access to an integrated network of supply and distribution activities and industry-leading shipping and maritime capabilities, allowing us to operate as a truly integrated supply chain and add value to Shell across multiple facets of our business from Upstream and Integrated Gas to the Downstream and Renewables businesses.

We strive to bring stable and secure energy to millions of communities across the world while continuing to push towards a net-zero carbon future. Our people in Trading and Supply ensure this energy reaches our customers on time, efficiently and at better value by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

Your Shell Trading & Supply Graduate Programme experience

On-the-job experience in this area entails two 18-month rotations in Trading and Supply businesses, exposure across commodities and geographical scope where possible. The objective is to give you exposure to Operations, Analytics, Risk, Compliance and Business Development within Trading and Supply, supported by formal training. Upon successful completion of the Roundtable assessment, you will be able to further develop your knowledge within one of the multiple business lines in Trading & Supply.

Why apply for a Trading and Supply Graduate role?

Drive global solutions

At Trading & Supply, our focus on enabling real growth and change at scale means that you can help to power lives across the planet. Our collaborative approach to problem-solving will give you the opportunity to work with partners across multiple disciplines and to innovate for a cleaner energy future.

Get empowered, thrive in your career

Shell’s global business reach ensures there are always a variety of projects to engage your interests, enabling you to collaborate with industry experts, make meaningful connections, learn from peers around the globe and grow your career. Reinforcing this is our culture of respect, care and inclusivity that creates an environment where everyone should feel safe and empowered.

Explore your passions through diverse opportunities

As a Graduate at Shell Trading & Supply, you can look forward to a fulfilling career, with global opportunities and the flexibility to try different roles to find your true passion. We are looking for bright minds that enjoy a challenge and look forward to making a positive impact.

Lines of business you can explore


Our Products team ensures that our customers receive fuels on time. Our people source refined products and feedstocks from a wide range of global suppliers and deliver 6 million barrels of fuels to customers each day.


The Crude team trades more than 8 million barrels of physical oil each day. We are active in most crude oil markets, sourcing from a wide range of suppliers and selling to a wide range of customers both internal and external to Shell.

Commercial Operations

Our Commercial Operations team makes Trading and Supply an easy organisation to work, transact and partner with. Our teams constantly work towards advancing our processes, platforms and data capabilities to deliver a seamless experience to our partners and customers.


Our Energy team provides LNG, gas, power, and environmental products by growing integrated value chains and unlocking demand. They also lead industry sector decarbonisation on behalf of Shell by exploring and managing emerging value chains such as the marketing of carbon capture and storage (CCS).


Life beyond learning

Along with opportunities to learn and grow, we want your first years at Shell to be enjoyable, sociable, and to help you develop other skills that are vital for a promising career, from communication to building relationships. Day-to-day life at Shell gives you plenty of chances to meet people, network and really enjoy the social side of work. At Shell, work-life balance is highly valued, as is community.

Powering Graduate Program

Powering Graduates

Powering Graduates offers a series of unique development opportunities relevant for all the Graduates regardless of their business area.

Thrive with a supportive community

Thriving with a supportive community

Teamwork is vital for us to achieve our common goal. At Shell, you will experience working with a diverse and collaborative global network who will always be able to help you solve day-to-day challenges.

Apart from being part of the Global Graduate Community, you are also welcome to join Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in Shell, including the Women’s Network, the enABLE Network for employees with disabilities, and our LGBT+ Network, among others.

Listening to what you have to say

Listening to what you have to say

At Shell, you’ll be encouraged to voice your ideas and concerns. Your diverse thoughts and inputs are valuable, and you’ll find how leaders will enable you to speak up and share your insights to the table.

Rewarding your hard work

Rewarding your hard work

You’ll be recognized and rewarded with a compensation and benefits package considered to be among the best in the industry, including a competitive starter salary, with performance related pay and allowances.

How to apply?

Our Graduates, while diverse in background and skillsets, come together with key traits and behaviours that aid their success in the programme. These include qualities such as their capacity to analyse situations and propose purposeful solutions that align with our strategic goals, adaptability towards learning and growing from feedback in order to deliver results, and how they nurture relationships and work effectively with a diverse team.

The application process

Stage One: Virtual Job Tryout and On-Demand Interview

Step into the role with our Virtual Job Tryout, the first stage of your application journey. Experience the job through simulations where you tackle challenges, demonstrate your problem-solving skills, share your unique story, and reveal your work approach. This is a dynamic way to gauge how you’ll fit into a role in the Shell Graduate Programme. Once you complete the Virtual Job Tryout, you will then move on to the On-Demand Interview. During the On-Demand Interview, you will be given enough time to prepare for each question before being asked to record your responses. You will be given the option to save your progress, though you will have to complete the interview within 7 days from receiving the invitation.

The Virtual Job Tryout and On-Demand Interview will take approximately 40 minutes.


Stage Two: Final Assessment (Virtual)

Applicants to either programme will complete a virtual case study session with two Shell employees. You will need to read and prepare for this, but don’t worry, all the information you need will be provided to you in advance.

Applicants to the Shell Graduate Programme (SGP) will complete a virtual interview with the same two Shell employees. This allows us to get to know you better and for you to get to know us better.


Following the successful completion of Stage 2, you could be offered a place in the Shell Graduate Programme (SGP) or the Shell Assessed Internship Programme (SAI) depending on currently available opportunities.

In the Assessed Internship Programme, you will receive hands-on training and the chance to earn a Shell Graduate Programme employment offer.

For Graduates, if you are successful in your application, your intake date could fall within one of these months: February, May, August or November. However, please be aware that the availability of roles varies by country. Some countries offer roles in all four months, while others provide opportunities only in certain months. The specifics are contingent on the location.

What we look for

Our Graduates, while diverse in background and skillsets, come together with key traits and behaviours that aid their success in the programme. These include qualities such as their capacity to analyse situations and propose purposeful solutions that align with our strategic goals, adaptability towards learning and growing from feedback in order to deliver results, and how they nurture relationships and work effectively with a diverse team.

Our basic requirements

We welcome applicants who have either already graduated from a recognised university or are in the final year of their degree course.

For Technical roles in certain countries, we do ask that you have already obtained or are studying towards a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification. In other countries, many of our technical roles are for a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

For Commercial and Global Functions roles, we are looking for a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

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