Apprentices and Graduates



Thank you for visiting our graduate page.  

You’ve just missed the opportunity to apply for this year’s intake but if you are interested in applying to join us in 2018, keep checking back here for information later this year.


Join us at The Graduate and Apprenticeship Engineer Show on Wednesday 25 October at The Roundhouse in Derby, stand OR13-14, to learn more about HS2 and our current and future opportunities. You can meet some of our current graduates and apprentices who will share their experience of working at HS2. Our resourcing team will be there to answer your questions about the application and selection process.


We will also be exhibiting at:

The National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition at NEC, Birmingham, on 3 - 4 November 2017.

The Skills Show at NEC, Birmingham, on 16 - 18 November 2017

Skills London 2017 at ExCeL, London, on 24 - 25 November 2017

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.