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HS2 Apprentice Programme 2021 – FAQs

About the Programme

What apprentice schemes are available?

Apprenticeship Level 3: Public Response (Customer Service)
Apprenticeship Level 4: Programme and Corporate Assurance (Internal Audit)
Apprenticeship Level 4: Corporate responsibility and sustainability Administrator
Apprenticeship Level 4: Commercial Procurement and Supply Chain
Apprenticeship Level 4: Associate Project Management
Apprenticeship Level 3: Business Administration
​Apprenticeship Level 4: Fraud Investigator
Apprenticeship Level 4: Software Developer (IT)
Apprenticeship Level 4: Associate Project Management (Environment)

What does the apprenticeship programme look like?

Apprentices join us in September 2021 where they will have a full Induction into HS2 Ltd and meet all apprentices in their cohort. All our apprentices attend a learning week every 6 months which is designed to develop the core skills and behaviours required in any business.

Not only is every apprentice supported by their day-to-day team, but every apprentice is supported by the Talent team, where regular weekly team meetings are arranged; 1:1’s are provided on a monthly basis, and every apprentice is assigned a mentor, as well as a team buddy.

We also provide placement opportunities to gain exposure into other parts of the business and a chance to gain new skills, knowledge and behaviours as part of their apprenticeship standard.

What is the duration of the apprenticeship?

Typically, all our apprenticeships are on a 2-year programme.

How many days a week do I attend college?

This is dependent on each apprenticeship programme and which training provider is delivering the programme.

As each programme is very different, some may have day release or others may have block release (please note that during Covid this has been delivered remotely online for our 2020 apprentices).

Will my travel expenses for travelling to college be paid for?

Yes, all travel expenses to and from college will be paid for by HS2 (Currently our 2020 apprentices during Covid are learning remotely online).

What training providers do you use?

All training providers are registered on the government website. We also look at Ofsted ratings to determine the correct providers for HS2.

What are the entry requirements for the Apprentice Programme?

We require a minimum of 5 GCSE’s of (A*- C) with a C or above in English and Maths (or 4 and above / or equivalent).

How many hours a week will I be contracted to work?

The contracted HS2 full time working week is 36 hours (excluding breaks).

How long are rotations/placements?

We provide a minimum of 3 months per placement, which are aligned to apprenticeship standards and to your specific programme, and each programme may vary slightly.

What type of rotations/placements are there?

Yes, but please be mindful of the location of the position and ensure the location suits. The location and postcode of the roles are on each individual advert.

Location of role?

The locations are varied across the line of route, most typically within Birmingham and London, but please refer to the advert of the role you are interested in applying for specific locations, as we are offering a combination of HS2 Ltd sites and also Integrated Project Team (IPTs) facilities. IPTs are our Tier 1 suppliers who are based on and around the line of route between London and Birmingham.

What is Integrated Project Team (IPTs)?

The four Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) are each formed of a contractor, their designers and embedded HS2 staff that work with the HS2 Ltd. Client team. This approach facilitates collaborative ways of working and efficient decision making.

Each IPT is led by a HS2 Project Client supported by a Joint Venture Project Director.

Will travel be involved within the role?

Some travel will be required and will be discussed with you on a case-by-case basis. HS2 can also support with travel arrangements for work related trips.

I studied my GCSE’s X number of years ago, does this matter?

No, we don’t have a limit on the number of years ago you obtained your GCSE’s, we accept all applications to a grade C/ grade 4 and above. Please note, that you will need to provide proof/evidence of GCSE certificates.

I studied outside the UK. How do I know if my GCSE results is equivalent to a C?

Please contact [email protected] with this query well in advance of the closing date of 1st March 2021, and we can guide you.

I have a degree. Can I apply for an apprenticeship with a degree?

Absolutely, we welcome all applications, provided they meet the minimum criteria above and have the unrestricted Right to Work in the UK.

Can I upload other documents as well as my CV?

To be fair and consistent in our approach to all candidates, HS2 will not review any other application documents apart from your CV, so there is no need to upload a covering letter, portfolio of work or any other supporting documents.

Does HS2 offer sponsorship if I do not have the Right to Work in the UK?

To be eligible to apply to the HS2 Apprenticeship scheme for our September 2021 in-take, at the time of application you will already need to have the unrestricted Right to Work in the UK (i.e. not requiring sponsorship). HS2 do not hold a license, so are not able to sponsor any application.

We appreciate the Right to Work question can be complex to understand, particularly with recent changes around Brexit, if you unsure of your Right to Work status, please email us at [email protected] and we are happy to help.

Do you pay relocation costs?

Unfortunately, we do not pay relocation costs.

When will I start and finish?

The programme starts in September 2021 and it is our intention that the programme would finish in September 2023.

What are the timelines for the campaign?

The applications window closes on 11th March 2021 and you will not hear back from us before this date. The selection process will include a mix of online assessments taking place throughout March and April.

As it currently stands there are no face-to-face assessments planned due the ongoing Covid19 pandemic. The final outcome of your application will be available in May. The start date of the HS2 Apprenticeship Programme 2021 is Monday 27 September 2021.

What is the salary for the Apprentice roles?

There are set salary’s for London roles, and regional (anywhere outside of London), please refer to the job description of the role you are applying for, for more information regarding the salary.

London locations (inside M25):

  • Level3/Year1 – basic salary of £15,539 plus 10% flexible allowance = £17,092.90
  • Level4/Year1 – basic salary of £16,389 plus 10% flexible allowance = £18,027.90

Non-London Locations:

  • Level3/Year1 – basic salary of £14,523 plus 10% flexible allowance = £15,975.30
  • Level4/Year1 – basic salary of £15,373 plus 10% flexible allowance = £16,910.30

(The salary will also be dependent on location. level and year of programme studied).

What is the flexible allowance and how is it paid?

Essentially the flexible allowance is an additional sum of money paid as part of your salary every month. It is a fully pensionable, along with your basic salary. It gives you extra monies to pay for other benefits, which are not part of our Core benefits package. Core Benefits are provided to you free of charge, although some are taxable.

The flexible fund enables you to choose benefits that best suit you and your family, but if you prefer not to choose any benefits, you can just take the cash.

The Core Benefits are Health Cash Plan, Life Assurance, Income Protection and Health Assessments (depending upon grade).

Is the closing date flexible?

To be fair, transparent and consistent to all our applicants, we are unable to accept any applications or assessments after the closing deadlines.

How do I request a reasonable adjustment?

As an inclusive employer, HS2 wants to see every candidate performing at their best. In this respect, we partner with a company called ClearTalents™ to allow candidates to register any reasonable adjustments required during the application process.

When you submitted your application, our acknowledgement email contained a link to use to register any adjustment required.

Please note, this step is not a formal part of the recruitment assessment, and there is no requirement to set up a profile if you have no adjustments to register. If you do set up a profile, please note that your profile is unique to this application.

If I’ve applied before during a previous HS2 Apprentice Campaign, can I apply again?

Yes. We know your skills are always developing and our requirements can change. We’ll be happy for you to apply for any role your skills fit, even if you’ve applied before.

I have had a technical problem when applying, or a technical problem with my application?

Please contact us on [email protected]  before the expiry date of the application, please note we are unable to provide any support outside of working hours.

How do I know that you’ve received my application?

You’ll get an email confirming receipt as soon as you submit your online application.

If you don’t receive this confirmation, please check your junk mail.

What additional support is there on the Apprentice Programme?

Each Apprentice will receive support from a variety of sources, including:

  • Your Line Manager
  • Placement Managers
  • A Future Talent Mentor/Buddy
  • The Future Talent Team

What training will I receive?

As part of your apprenticeship you will be taught by a qualified tutor in a college setting, within the apprenticeship specific subject area. In addition to this you will receive on the job learning from subject matter experts within your business area as well as attending a learning week every 6 months.

The Learning week will focus on core business skills such as emotional intelligence, effective decision making, team building and resilience.

Will there be an induction week?

Yes, this will be in September 2021 and there is also a welcome day in ‘August’ to get you settled into the business before you start in September.

Assessment Stage

What happens if I do not complete the on-line assessment tests?

The online assessments we ask you to complete are integral to the application process. If these are not submitted by the required submission date, we have to assume you have withdrawn your interest in the programme.

I can’t make my interview on the date given. Can I request a different date?

We can’t always provide alternative interview dates because of time constraints, but we’ll be as flexible as we possibly can.

Will the interview/s be face to face?

With the current situation with Covid 19, we are working on the basis that we will not hold face to face assessments, but that we will run them as video interviews via MS Teams, as per our approach for the 2020 apprentice programme.

We are monitoring the situation with Covid closely and if this situation changes, we will be in touch with all our applicants who are shortlisted for interview.

Can I get feedback on my application if I don’t make it to interview stage?

Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications, we are not able to give feedback to people who don’t reach interview stage.

Can I get feedback on my interview if I don’t get an offer?

Yes, we are committed to help you improve and develop, and we will provide feedback on key competencies to anyone who has interviewed with us.

Offer Stage

How soon can I expect any outcome after I have been interviewed?

Our aspirations are to conclude the decision-making process as soon as possible after the interviews. Given the number of candidates that we assess, this can take some time. We are aiming to make a verbal offer no later than 4 weeks after we conclude the interview process.

Is my offer conditional?

Yes, it is conditional on a few things – meeting the entry requirements as specified, satisfying eligibility criteria for working in the UK and completing all the on-boarding checks.

The on-boarding checks include a check with the institution you graduate/d from, a basic DBS check, a financial check, and we collect 3 years of references.

Can I defer my offer if I’ve decided to take a gap year?

There is a lot of planning work that goes into shaping our apprentice intake, so unfortunately, we cannot support any deferral applications.

What happens between accepting my offer and starting on the programme?

When you accept an offer, we will commence the Pre-Employment checks and we will keep you up to date with progress.  We run a “Welcome Day” in August which is a great way to get to know all your new apprentice colleagues and start to build a great network.

Apprentice Future

What happens after the Apprentice Programme?

Where possible, we aim to retain our apprentices after the programme finishes. We will take into consideration multiple factors when determining this, including but not limited to; passing the course/apprenticeship, performance, behaviour, feedback.

Can’t find an answer to your question?

Please contact HS2 Jobs on [email protected]