Students and Recent Graduates

Career Development Programme—Undergraduate and Graduate College Students


The Career Development Programme (CDP) is a strategic investment in the future of Air Products. For over 50 years, it has provided us with top university graduates who are capable of becoming tomorrow's leaders.

The academic backgrounds we look for cover a wide range, including:

  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • MBA Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain and Management
  • PhD Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Material Science
  • Human Resources
  • Undergraduate Business Curriculum (Europe and China)

Graduate Recruiting Europe

The CDP Experience

When you join the CDP programme, you will begin the first of three different assignments, lasting 8-12 months each.  Right from the start, you will work on challenging assignments.  You will be expected to produce results, generate ideas and make a real contribution.  Naturally, we will give you the support you need to do this successfully.  We are committed to providing you with an environment in which you can learn, grow and develop.

We invite you to learn more about our Career Development Programme by visiting our links below:

Information Technology

The regional CDP Councils play an important role in the CDP experience.  The councils organise a variety of events throughout the year to encourage interaction within the CDP community during and outside the work day.  It provides chances for CDPs to create a network comprised of people with roles and experiences similar to yours.  Council activities can include:

  • Community service projects
  • Outings including picnics and sporting events
  • Professional development seminars

Former CDPs can be found in significant roles throughout Air Products. 

Europe Assignment Locations


We usually visit campuses in the autumn and late winter to interview for both full-time and internship positions. Normally this includes an information session or company presentation before the interviews to familiarise students with our business and rotational development programmes. Our on-campus dates vary widely so it's best to contact your Career Services office for information on our next visit to your school.

Developing Your Career

We encourage you to take an active role in influencing the direction of your career.  That is an integral part of our company's career development philosophy overall and the Career Development Programme.  CDP participants develop their skills and interests through a rotation of three different assignments, during the first two to three years of employment. As a CDP, you along with your mentor, will explore opportunities while on the programme and ultimately determine a career path.

Career and personal development of employees is a vital part of our business strategy.  As a result, all CDPs receive broad-based on-the-job training.  We encourage you to obtain professional qualifications or certifications.  You will be offered a wide range of internal courses covering technical, interpersonal and leadership topics.  Where appropriate, external courses are supported.

Air Products' University- Leads our company's continual learning efforts with its 11 colleges to provide a wide range of development opportunities including training for safety, products and other relevant topics.

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Insight into our European Career Development Programme

Insight into our European Career Development Programme (2:29)

Some of our current graduates talk about what it's really like to be on our programme.


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