Apprentices and Graduates

Apprentices

There’s no more exciting way to kick start your career than with an apprenticeship on Europe’s largest rail project. HS2 is huge, and so are the opportunities you can create for your future. As well as gaining all kinds of valuable skills in a real, paid role, you’ll study for a fully funded, recognised Level 3 or 4 qualification. And you’ll do life-changing work with incredible people.

We offer a variety of different apprenticeships.

Click below to explore the ones that interest you, and scroll down for the application process.

You’ll transform insight into impact. With real responsibilities, you’ll discover how to organise, plan and make decisions about how we’ll build the new railway - and transform Britain. Over two years, you’ll play an active part in teams that are designing HS2, and making decisions about the best way to bring it to life.

Along the way, you’ll gain an internationally recognised Level 4 qualification in project management. You’ll also gain skills and experience that will set you up for an incredibly rewarding career. Here at HS2, you can follow a clear career path all the way up to Project Director. What’s more, you could go on to gain further qualifications with the Association of Project Management and even gain Chartered status. All of which means you’ll open doors to many opportunities, not just in rail but in a whole range of industries.

To join us, you’ll need to have or expect 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, including English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. With a real, keen interest in railways and the buildings that go along with them, you’ll find the idea of working on HS2 fascinating. Getting involved in our team and helping us plan for success will be an exciting experience for you. Together with skills in making sense of information and making things happen, you’ll also bring to the role a strong desire to build confidence and influence other people.

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You’ll turn complexity into simplicity. Project controls is an important type of work in large and complex projects like ours. It’s all about making sure progress is measured and reported effectively and clearly. Using data to monitor progress and create reports, you’ll make sure the project is going to plan - and that the right people know about it.

Over three years, you’ll gain a recognised Level 3 qualification. You’ll also gain skills and experience that will set you up for an incredibly rewarding career. What’s more, you could go on to gain further qualifications with the Association of Project Management and even gain Chartered status. All of which means you’ll open doors to many opportunities, not just in rail but in a whole range of industries. You could move on to roles as an estimator, planner or cost engineer, and progress as far as Director or Head of large construction projects.

To join us, you’ll need to have or expect 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, including English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. You’ll find the idea of working on HS2 and developing professional Project Control skills fascinating. Along with skills in making sense of large amounts of information, you’ll also bring to the role a strong desire to build confidence and influence other people. A real team player, you love finding out about what interests other people, what they do, and how you can make things happen together.

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You’ll bring together vision and value. Making sure public funds are spent wisely, you’ll help to ensure our massive, complex project provides excellent value for taxpayers’ money. Helping to select and buy a wide range of products and services which will build the new railway, you will influence important decisions with big consequences.

Over two years, you’ll gain a recognised Level 4 qualification in purchasing and supply. You’ll also gain skills and experience that will set you up for an incredibly rewarding career. Here at HS2, you could progress to procurement management roles and ultimately manage budgets of millions of pounds. What’s more, you could go on to gain further study with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and even gain Chartered status yourself. All of which means you’ll open doors to many opportunities - from the public sector, to transport and energy companies.

To join us, you’ll need to have or expect 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, including English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. Your keen interest in the HS2 project is matched by your fascination with the commercial world. We’ll expect you to have taken part in business or entrepreneurial activities, whether as part of your school work or through extra-curricular projects. Together with skills in making sense of information and making things happen, you’ll also bring to the role a strong desire to build confidence and influence other people.

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You’ll bring together minds and matter. This key role is all about how we plan to make sure the construction materials and staff we need are in the right place to build the new railway. On one of the biggest building projects of your lifetime, you’ll influence how we get people and equipment where they need to go, smoothly and efficiently.

To join us, you’ll need to have or expect 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, including English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. You’ll find the idea of working on HS2 and developing professional transport planning skills fascinating. With good skills in interpreting plans and diagrams, you love finding patterns in information. You’re also interested in what connects people and places. Together with skills in making sense of information and making things happen, you’ll also bring to the role a strong desire to build confidence and influence other people.

Over three years, you’ll gain a recognised Level 3 qualification. You’ll also gain skills and experience that will set you up for an incredibly rewarding career. What’s more, with options for further study you could work towards becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, or the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. All of which means you’ll open doors to many opportunities - from construction, to highways and roads, and beyond.

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The first two stages of the selection process are all online so you’ll need access to a computer with a good internet connection. As you progress through the stages, we’ll give you really detailed instructions so you understand what you need to do.

  1. First, you’ll complete some details about you including your current qualifications, interests and hobbies as well as answer some general questions about your skills and experience. You’ll also complete a questionnaire to see how well matched you are to HS2. This is a series of questions which asks you about preferences and what you might do in certain situations.
  2. If you are successful at that stage we will invite you to complete an online assessment. This will measure your ability in a number of areas - interpreting numerical, written and abstract information.
  3. If you pass this assessment you will then have a short phone interview (up to 30 minutes). This will explore some of those initial questions in more detail and we’ll also pick up on some of the findings of the questionnaire that you completed. This is an opportunity for us to find out more about you and decide if you will go through to the final stage.
  4. The final stage will be an assessment centre. This will be half a day (for apprentices) or a full day (for graduates) at our offices in Birmingham. You’ll meet a group of other candidates and take part in a number of exercises, some of them as part of the group and some of them on your own. You'll be assessed by employees of HS2 and some external assessors who are there to bring an independent view and ensure we treat each candidate fairly. We'll send you detailed information if you get through to this stage.
  5. If you are successful at the assessment centre, we'll make you an offer for a place on the relevant programme. If you haven't already completed your GCSEs or equivalent (for apprentices) or degree (for graduates) then we'll need to have evidence of successful completion of this before you can take up your place in September. We'll also undertake some checks on you before you can join us.