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Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then, we have grown into a leading innovative Energy company that rewards its employees by investing heavily in their careers and learning.

Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK’s growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. We serve more than four million customers at our filling stations each week, a growing proportion of which are charging electric vehicles, as well as providing home energy and broadband for many more. To do this, we employ some 6,400 skilled staff in the UK as well as many contractors.

To Power Progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. We are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

Join us in our live online career challenges to find out the different questions we ask ourselves and the data we use to help answer them

What’s involved?

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Register and attend the
45-minute briefing session

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Students work on the challenge
in their own time

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Recorded industry

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Certification of virtual
work experience

FIRST STEP CAREER CHALLENGE – Monday 27th February at 4.30pm:

YEAR GROUPS 7-9, YEAR GROUPS 8-10 (Northern Ireland) & YEAR GROUPS S1-S3 (Scotland)

The best way to predict the future is to create it!

Shell runs hundreds of forecourts across the UK that provide diesel and petrol fuels to our customers, but the transition to Electric Vehicles has started. Help us to understand when and where in the UK we need to close or transition our forecourts into electric-only fuelling stations?

There are currently 660,000 electric and 445,000 hybrid electric plug in the UK, with this number increasing year on year. Shell are passionate about the environment and providing clean energy solutions for the UK and are keen to develop a world that no longer uses petrol and diesel pumps on forecourts as soon as possible.

First Step Challenge:
Can you help Shell decide when they should stop selling petrol and diesel on their forecourts across the UK? Looking at our data, should we close all of these forecourts at the same time? In certain parts of the UK? Or for certain transportation types, such as lorries etc.


NEXT STEP CAREER CHALLENGE – Tuesday 28th February at 5pm:

YEAR GROUPS 10-13 + FE , YEAR GROUPS 11-14 + FE (Northern Ireland) & YEAR GROUPS S4-S6 (Scotland)

Where should Shell build their next electric hub to ensure they hit their clean energy target for 2030?

Shell plan to grow their public charging network to 100,000 by 2030. This means that 90% of all UK drivers will be within a 10-minute drive of a Shell rapid charger. This includes on forecourts and in new locations like our all-EV hub in Fulham and Waitrose stores.

Next Step Challenge:
Can you advise us on where the location(s) of these EV charging hubs should be in the UK, considering many factors, commuters, holiday makers, taxi drivers etc. We will supply you with all the information you need to make these recommendations to us to assist Shell meet their clean energy target.


STEP UP CAREER CHALLENGE – Wednesday 1st March at 6pm:


Would you like to play a role in the energy transition, helping society move away from burning fossil fuels towards using clean energy sources such as green hydrogen and wind power?

Shell is working to provide more renewable and low-carbon energy options for customers through investments in wind, solar, electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, and more. Shell has recently started construction of Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant at the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam, capable of producing up to 60 tons of renewable hydrogen per day using electricity from our offshore windfarms. Initially this green hydrogen will replace the grey hydrogen currently used in our refinery, but can the plant can also be run in reverse to generate electricity from stored hydrogen and feed this back into the grid.

Step Up Challenge – Data Science:
What is the best operating strategy for the Rotterdam plant to balance the use of wind power to produce green hydrogen versus using it to generate electricity for the Grid, providing green energy to homes, electric vehicles and businesses. How should this operation be optimised to ensure the project is commercially successful? Optimisation would reflect a whole range of factors, including deciding when operations should switch from one use of the electricity to the other.

Step Up Challenge – Data Strategy:
At Shell we have set a target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society and our customers. This means reducing emissions from our operations, and from the fuels and other energy products we sell to our customers (including providing more low-carbon energy such as biofuels, hydrogen, charging for electric vehicles and electricity generated by solar and wind power), as well as capturing and storing any remaining emissions using technology or balancing them with offsets. How can data and analytics help us transform our business and find and develop new opportunities in one or all of these areas to help us achieve our target?

Want to know why an invisible gas is described using colours? Click here for more information on “green” and “grey” hydrogen


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Meet the Director of Data at Shell

George Rorie,
Chief Data Officer at Shell

Meet the FIRST STEP Career Challenge Team

Basabi Kundu,
Principal Data Analyst at Shell

Meet the NEXT STEP Career Challenge Team

Simon Jensen,
Product Manager at Shell

Meet the STEP UP Career Challenge Team

Andy Smith,
Data Scientist at Shell

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