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Early careers at BAT

Developing the leaders of the future

It is an exciting time to be at BAT. Our industry is evolving and we are proud to be at the forefront of its transformation.

Key to the future success of our business is being able to attract the best graduate and early career talent.

At BAT, we are able to offer young adults real practical experience as well as training and development to help them improve along the way.

Here’s a snapshot of what BAT has offer people who are starting out on their employment journeys.

Global Graduate Academy

Our Global Graduate Academy provides intensive two-week training as part of our one-year Global Graduate programme. The programme focuses on developing the next generation of diverse leaders and accelerating the development of their commercial leadership skills. It offers graduates a full-time role from day one and gives them access to career and development advice from senior leaders and Management Board members.

You can find out more about how some of our Global Graduate Academy sessions have gone by scrolling through our news and features section.

Grad Academy

The 2021 BAT Grad Academy saw 117 graduates from 28 countries challenged in a virtual environment with new business topics, refreshed leadership modules and exciting interactive sessions.

Battle of Minds

Battle of Minds is our global competition focused on finding the brightest early-career business minds around the globe – helping to develop the next generation of diverse leaders. In 2021, the contest focused on ESG, with each team pitching to solve a challenge focused on culture, farming, waste or energy. The competition saw over 2,700 teams enter from 27 countries. The winners were Team Ijo, from Indonesia, who impressed the judges with their proposal to produce environmentally friendly, edible straws made of seaweed. Team Egypt proposed creating a highquality gelatine out of marine waste. Reducing energy poverty by generating an alternative, clean, energy source from plant photosynthesis was the proposal from Team Venezuela. Team Kenya’s idea was to recycle cigarette butts to make planters for urban farming and manure for cultivation. The winning team receives up to £50,000 investment from our corporate venture unit, Btomorrow Ventures, while the runners-up were awarded £25,000 each – helping each team work towards turning their idea into reality. All four teams also landed employment opportunities as Global Graduates or interns across the organisation. The winning Team Ijo will also be considered for a place on our ESG accelerator programme

All the way to the top

At BAT we mean it when we say we say we promote from within. And we are proud of the fact that so many of our Management Board members joined the company as either graduate trainees or early career recruits.

Johan Vandermeulen, Regional Director, Europe, says in his Management Board biography: “To make it this far after joining the company as a trainee I hope is motivational for our people. I hope my story inspires others and demonstrates that we mean it when we say we develop people from within.”

Find out more about the people who lead our business in our Leadership at BAT section.

On the BAT career journey in Northern Europe

In our video below, Kristina, gives a ‘day in the life’ view of someone who has progressed in her BAT career, having started as an intern.

In the video, Kristina talks about her career progression, and the importance of having the support of her colleagues, both inside and outside of work, as they go through their BAT journeys together.

On the BAT career journey in Northern Europe

Our short video focuses on marketeer Kristina, who gives an idea of what it's like to work for BAT in our Northern Europe Area

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