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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 has been a huge success since it was introduced in 2017.

With sessions held twice a year, global graduates from a range of countries come together in the UK for a challenging and interactive learning experience, supported by senior leaders from across the business.

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 2020 BAT Grad Academy saw 239 graduates from 51 countries challenged in a virtual environment with new business topics, refreshed leadership modules and exciting interactive sessions.

Battle of Minds

The latest edition of Battle of Minds, our global competition focused on finding the brightest young business minds from around the world.

Following a tough selection process, which began at the end of 2019 with 413 business cases submitted from around the world, our judges Vivek Chaudhri, Global Head of Digital Innovation, Lisa Smith, Managing Director, Better Tomorrow Ventures, and Edward Forsdike, Head of Emerging Product Platforms, had the difficult decision of picking the team that would scoop the top prize.

In a virtual ceremony, Hae In Kim, Director, Talent and Culture, announced the team from Kenya as the overall winners with their business case for Envo-Plastic – the concept of a plastic waste recycling company which harnesses 3D printing technology to help provide affordable homes to low-income earners, with plastic waste as a major source of raw materials.

Envo-Plastic’s team members – Eric Bakuli, Gerald Ayieye and Anthony Mathu – will each receive a £3,000 voucher towards online education from some of the world’s top universities.

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 and North Africa, 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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