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With HS2, you can shape a future that is truly extraordinary. Learn more about graduate and apprentice roles.

Sam tells us about her experiences as a HS2 graduate.


Are you thinking about what the future might hold for you? At HS2, you can shape a future that is truly extraordinary. You’ll help make one of the biggest, most complex and ambitious projects happen.

The next generation of engineers, project managers and innovators are all playing their part to support the design and construction of the new high-speed railway; bringing innovative ideas, new ways of working and contributing to a lasting legacy.

With 13,000 jobs already supported by the project there has never been a more exciting time to jump on board.

Our two year graduate programme offers individuals an exciting opportunity to work on Europe’s largest infrastructure project. You’ll be working alongside industry leading experts across various placements and gaining valuable transferable skills that can be used around the globe.

As a graduate you will get:

  • a competitive pension scheme, with up to 12% employer contribution;
  • a competitive salary;
  • a cash allowance in lieu of benefits, which means you can choose benefits that are right for you and your family;
  • core company funded benefits such as life assurance, income protection and health cash plan;
  • 25 days annual leave plus public holidays;
  • access to voluntary benefits scheme and retail, health, leisure and travel offers;
  • access to an ‘Employee Assistance Program’;
  • financial and health well-being programmes; and
  • access to inclusion networks to provide support for our employees and to ensure that we provide an inclusive environment for our workforce.

Applications for our 2021 graduate programme are now open.

Find out more about being an HS2 graduate from some of our past graduates.

Your success matters to us. So we’ll give you excellent support and opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and experience – fast. We call HS2 the great venture. For you, it will be an unforgettable adventure.

2021 Graduate Programme FAQs

Graduate roles

The Applications window closes on 17th January 2021.

Leaving a legacy

HS2 will create 2,000 apprenticeships in a wide range of industries and disciplines during the life of the project.


During the lifecycle of the project, HS2 and its supply chain will create at least 2000 apprenticeship opportunities across a wide range of disciplines and specialisms.

We’re recruiting in areas such as project management, IT, finance, engagement and fraud. The apprenticeship programmes will involve working alongside industry leading experts and gaining experience across a variety of placements.

HS2 launched its first apprenticeships in 2017, welcoming 25 apprentices on a 2 year programme across 3 disciplines. Following on from this success, a further cohort of apprentices were recruited in 2019 across 8 different programmes, including project management, IT, cyber security and HR.

Apprenticeship roles at HS2 provide individuals with the opportunity to learn from the very best in the industry, whilst gaining hands on experience and working towards recognised qualifications.

As an apprentice, you’ll also:

  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Develop valuable, transferable skills
  • Benefit from ongoing, structured support
  • Have 25 days annual leave plus public holidays

Applications for our 2020 apprenticeship programme are now closed. 

Find out more about being an HS2 apprentice from our current apprentices.

Not sure which is the right career for you? Find out more about our job roles in our fun, interactive personality quiz: ‘Future You’.

Apprentices at the HS2 head office in Birmingham.
Apprentices 2019 induction at Snow Hill Office.

Interested in creating real change? Using technology to put the passenger in control?

More than just a railway, HS2 is about unlocking our potential, and making better connections between people and places. It’s about finding new skills, growing new industries, and starting thousands of people on a rewarding career.

This takes ideas, and it takes creativity. We need people from every background, with a huge range of skills. Everything from business and technology to engineering and design.

Together, we’ll build the country’s biggest mega project, and get Britain moving in all the right directions.

In 2017/18, 28% of our graduates were BAME and 43% of our apprentices were women

Our recruitment model helps deliver a diverse cohort of employees.


At HS2, we offer summer internships to university students aged 18 and over, to provide practical experience in your chosen field or discipline.

Internships are structured placements that focus on interesting projects, giving you valuable industry experience as well as developing your skills in the workplace. These are designed to suit either undergraduates and/or post graduates.

We offer a variety of internships each summer.

You can explore the opportunities that may interest you and apply via our recruitment portal. If there are no current opportunities listed then you can register for email alerts when they are added in future.