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Future talent

With HS2, you can shape a future that is truly extraordinary.

Our apprentices tell us first hand what it's like to work on HS2.

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.

Leaving a legacy

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


HS2 launched its first Apprenticeships in 2017, employing 25 apprentices onto 3 Apprenticeship Programmes.

Apprenticeship roles created through 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 ranging from GCSE to post graduate equivalents.

Find out more about being an HS2 apprentice.

HS2 apprenticeship’s offer you the chance to start your career with one of the biggest, most complex and ambitious projects ever. As we build the future together, you’ll gain life changing experiences, work within a diverse workforce, and develop valuable, transferable skills. We offer apprenticeships in project management, human resources, cyber security, IT, health and safety, finance, procurement and public relations.

As an apprentice, you’ll also:

  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Develop valuable, transferable skills
  • Benefit from ongoing, structured support
  • Be involved in real work from day 1!

Current applications are now closed, as we prepare to welcome our apprentice applicants to HS2 in September 2019. Applications will reopen in Spring 2020.

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 National College of High Speed Rail
Apprentices at the National College of High Speed Rail.


You are thinking about what your future will hold. With HS2, you can shape a future that is truly extraordinary. You’ll help make one of the biggest, most complex and ambitious projects happen.

Our graduate programmes offer you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start your career as you mean to go on – by embracing expertise, fulfilling your potential, and achieving things that will stand the test of time.

HS2 is a long-term project that will last for a generation. And it will define the generation that works on it. This is about much more than building and construction. It’s also about business, technology and design – and our programmes reflect that.

Our roles for you cover everything from engineering, planning and project management, to finance, procurement, communications, HR and IT. Whatever area you choose, you’ll work with world-leading experts and cutting-edge technology.

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. And the beginning of a lifetime of achievement.

If you are interested in applying to join us in our next intake, keep checking back here for more information later in 2019.

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

Our recruitment model helps deliver a diverse cohort or 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.