Shell – Graduate Programme

Shell Graduate Programme


We are looking for graduates who share our purpose to power progress and our culture of inclusion, collaboration, and care. We’ll give you the support you need to forge your own path, and you’ll have real responsibilities and meaningful projects to work on right from the start.


Shell’s purpose is to power progress together, by providing more and cleaner energy solutions. We believe that rising standards of living for a growing global population are likely to continue to drive demand for energy, including oil and gas, for years to come. At the same time, technology changes and the need to tackle climate change means there is a transition underway to a lower-carbon, multi-source energy system.

 As one of the world’s leading energy companies, Shell plays a key role in meeting the world’s growing energy demand in economically, environmentally, and socially responsible ways. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the energy industry. Join us in our ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, and sooner if that is possible.

From various locations in the Netherlands Shell Nederland leads the transition of the corporation to a more sustainable future, with billions of euros invested in solar panels, wind farms, green hydrogen, sustainable aviation fuel, EV charging and other ground-breaking solutions for the future.


Our Graduate Programme is a rigorous development framework of specific competences, business-critical capabilities, and critical experiences that will enable you to become a competitive professional by the end of your 3-year programme.

 Right from the start, you will be given a challenging hands-on role, working in a diverse, global environment. You will be supervised and mentored with frequent reviews as part of a structured development programme. You will also be learning alongside brilliant people from all over the world, with the resources and support to explore new ways of thinking and working – all in all, an unbeatable experience.

We know that learning is key to developing yourself both personally and professionally. The graduate programme encompasses a learning framework that includes internal and external courses, as well as on-the-job learning, designed to help you gain the skills you need to succeed.

Work locations for commercial roles are Rotterdam, Rijswijk, Amsterdam, Pernis, Assen and The Hague. Start dates for the Graduate Programme are February, May, August, and November 2023.


You should enjoy being challenged, so that rather than being daunted or overwhelmed if a task seems impossible, you welcome the opportunity to be innovative. You also need to be good at absorbing information, analysing problems, making objective decisions, and coming up with original ideas. You should have the drive, and resilience to get things done, the flexibility to work well as part of a team and the credibility to influence others.

To be eligible for the Shell Graduate Program, you must be pursuing or have completed a Master’s degree in The Netherlands and have less than three years of relevant work experience. You are required to have graduated prior to your first day at Shell.


A permanent contract which includes the following benefits:

• Competitive starting salary with annual performance related salary increase

• Commuting/Homeworking allowance or public transport card

• Flexible/Hybrid working

• A total of 37 annual leave days, excluding public holidays

• A personal budget to pursue educational opportunities, professional development, and life-long-learning


We want you to be at your best when completing the assessments, so have put together some tips and additional background information that may help you. Please visit our candidate resource centre and apply the tips we prepared specially for you. Please ensure that your CV is in English.

Applicants should only submit one application based on desired role and background:

• Graduate Employment Opportunities 2023 (Commercial) – Netherlands or

• Graduate Employment Opportunities 2023 (Technical) – Netherlands.

Based on your interests and skills, we will match you to a suitable and exciting starting position. An overview of available roles can be found on this page. During the application process you will be asked for your preferred area of interest. Please also include a motivation letter in your application.

Join the Shell Graduate Programme and Power Change from Day One.

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