HS2 Graduate Programme - Environment
High Speed Two (HS2)
At HS2 we offer a two-year rotational graduate programme, providing you with the opportunity to stretch and challenge yourself across various topic specialist related placements. This programme is designed around enabling you to get as much environmental experience as possible across different teams within HS2. After completion of the 2-year graduate programme graduates will be transferred into a role within the same discipline, but not necessarily the same business area.
We have a total of 2 graduate opportunities available in Birmingham all of which will require travel to various site/ HS2 Office locations across the HS2 line of route. Graduate opportunities will be available across a variety of HS2 teams including but not limited to those listed below. After the assessment stage, we will assign successful candidates accordingly based on business requirements.
The role will cover supporting the Environmental and Town Planning Directorate, working in collaboration with the supply chain as well as HS2 colleagues to ensure our environmental and sustainability commitments are delivered.
The role will include working with a wide range of stakeholders including contractors and government decision and policy makers.
Your placement will include rotations across the teams that make up Environmental and Town Planning Directorate at HS2 which include areas such as carbon management, climate change, biodiversity, town planning, landscape design or water and hydrology, to name but a few. You will also have opportunity to work with in other parts of the business being placed within one of the construction delivery teams or within procurement. (Please note the rotational placements may vary and are subject to business requirements).
Your role will involve assisting in the communication of HS2 environmental initiatives like the Net Zero Carbon Plan or Biodiversity management. Working closely with subject matter experts to provide supporting information for meetings with stakeholders. Planning and supporting assurance activities and audits on contractors site management plans and their implementation. Reviewing contractor scope documents and method statements. Producing a programme of sites to be visited and liaising with the contractor to arrange access. Supporting the wider Environment Technical Services teams in carrying out the assurance and audit activities.
Environmental and Town Planning Directorate sits within the Railway Directorate. The RailwayDirectorate s critical to the successful delivery of the HS2 project and is responsible for unifying specification, integration and operational of the end-state capabilities of the new high speed railway. The Directorate provides an integrated technical authority and sets the scope and remit of delivery teams to undertake contracted works. It is accountable for delivering the railway within time and cost constraints, making the necessary programme trade-offs and instructing Delivery on changes ensuring delivery of programme outcomes, to deliver a right first time end state railway all whilst doing so as safely as possible
• Planning and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and deliver day to day tasks.
• Ability to coordinate and deliver multiple tasks and responsibilities in accordance with agreed deadlines.
• Communication skills and the ability to liaise effectively with stakeholders.
• Ability to convert technical information into a format that is understandable to a variety of non-technical audiences in a persuasive and engaging way.
• Ability to understand complex issues to carry out problem solving.
• Ability to work collaboratively across a multidisciplinary team.
• At least a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to the environment.
• Knowledge of environmental issues.
• IT knowledge including Word, Excel, PowerPoint or equivalent.
Does HS2 offer sponsorship if I do not have the Right to Work in the
To be eligible to apply to the HS2 Graduate scheme for our September 2024 in-take, any applicant will need to already have the on-going Right to Work in the UK, that is not time-bound in any way.
Please note, unfortunately due to the 2 year time-bound restrictions of the Post Study/Graduate Work visa, we are unable to accept any applicants who have this visa as this is an ongoing permanent role that will carry on beyond the initial 2 year graduate programme.
Due to the nature of our organization, HS2 are not able to sponsor any applications as we do not hold the required sponsorship license from the UK Home Office and candidates are not allowed to sponsor themselves.
We appreciate the Right to Work question can be complex to understand, so if you are unsure of your Right to Work status in the UK, please email us at HS2Jobs@hs2.org.uk and we will be happy to advise further. Please note, to enable HS2 to comply with UK Home Office policy, your Right to Work status will be checked early in the recruitment process.
Our graduate programme salaries:
Salaries are currently pending pay review however please see below figures based on 2023.
Birmingham: Basic £22,300 + 15% Flexible allowance = £25,645
Please note the rotational placements may vary and are subject to business requirements.
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