Human Resources Graduate Programme

Colleagues are at the heart of everything we do at Hastings. Getting things right for colleagues is a critical part of us delivering great outcomes for our customers. Our Human Resources team have several ambitious and exciting outcomes to help deliver this.

So we’re passionate about:

  • Enabling all of our colleagues and leaders to demonstrate our 4C’s culture in everything we do
  • Uplifting our colleagues capability to support our ambitions
  • Growing an inclusive culture as measured by our own colleagues #bewhoyouare
  • Providing flexible colleague benefits that support our us in being a destination employer
  • Ensuring all colleagues at Hastings can have exciting and varied careers
  • Using data and insights to support colleague-led decision making
  • Attracting the best talent to join #LifeatHD

Our fast paced, forward-thinking and diverse HR team offers an exciting and varied career for the right people. You’ll receive broad exposure across the whole department and will develop technically, commercially, analytically and hone your leadership skills.

Where you’ll be based

We’re committed to hybrid working and offer a balance of working from home and attending our Leicester and Bexhill offices where required.

Starting your career with us

We understand that your first graduate role should be more than just a job. Starting your career at Hastings Direct gives you the chance to make your mark in an ambitious, rapidly growing and digitally driven business. A company that genuinely cares about you as an individual, respects your opinions and listens to your ideas. One where you can make a positive difference, because you’re encouraged to look for growth opportunities and achieve your full potential. 

We aim to give you the experience and technical knowledge to progress your career. We’ll provide you with a nurturing and challenging environment to help expand your horizons, develop new skills and make new connections. 

Most of all, you’ll find all the support you need from people at every level, so you can fulfil your ambitions. From managers who are approachable and supportive, to colleagues who are always ready to help each other out. In short, you’ll have all you need to launch a successful career.


Your rotations

This two-year programme is designed to empower you to become a future Hastings leader. It will consist of a number of rotations through our various departments.

It’s important to us that you have an active voice in your own progression and career path. Each rotation is designed to be hands-on and you’ll work on projects that make a real difference to our colleagues, customers and company, helping us deliver on our ambitious plans.

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Your professional development

From the moment you join us, we’ll make sure you have access to a wide variety of opportunities for both personal and professional growth.  You’ll be enrolled on our early careers development programme, providing you with a suite of bespoke sessions which develop the strengths we know graduates need to be successful at Hastings Direct. You’ll also have the opportunity to network and meet others in graduate programmes across the business.

To support you in your programme, we offer dedicated development and coaching to build your leadership skills, along with regular formal training to support wider awareness of company, industry and regulatory requirements.

And our inclusive, supportive culture means you’ll have a strong support network around you. From leaders to mentors, buddies to our Early Careers team, you’ll always have someone you can talk to about anything. From your future career at Hastings Direct, to where to get a coffee!

Meet some of the team

Rosie, HR Change Consultant (Former HR Graduate)

I was initially drawn to the graduate role at Hastings as the programme seemed to have a really flexible approach, tailored to what I wanted to do and what I found interesting. When I was speaking to the recruitment team, it really came across that whilst they had a structure in place, they could adapt the scheme to my interests and this really appealed to me.

Hastings has a brilliant culture; we get through lots of work in a fun way and there is always something new or different that you can try. I would recommend it wholeheartedly as a great place to start building your career!

Ben, HR Change Consultant (Former HR Graduate)

What first attracted me to a graduate role at Hastings was the rotational aspects, getting a real understanding of how the different teams in our HR function play their part in unlocking our people strategy and contributing to our overall ambitions.

In my final rotation, I was given the space to lead on some really exciting projects in the HR Change team, such as building and launching new career frameworks across our Anti-Fraud teams, ensuring colleagues have a transparent and clear career and progression framework that also supports us to build capability in some of our critical areas.

Our recruitment process

After each stage, we’ll let you know if you’ve made it to the next one and what to expect. If you haven’t, we’ll be happy to give you feedback.


Choose the right programme for you, then just answer a couple of basic application questions and attach your CV.

Reviewing your application

We’ll review your application to see if you have what we’re looking for in for your chosen programme.

Online assessment

Your chance to show us how you evaluate, reason and conceptualise, spot patterns, solve problems and use your numerical skills to draw conclusions.

Video interview

An interview covering why you want to join us, with some technical questions.

Meet us

From producing case studies and giving presentations, to group and role-specific tasks, this is your chance to shine.


If you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place on one of our programmes and call you to talk through the details.

Frequently asked questions

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  • arrow-down cross I have a disability, long term health or neuro-diverse condition, are you able to provide support or adjustments through the recruitment process?
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Ready to apply?

Are you ready for a graduate programme with a fast growing, digitally-focused insurance company? A business with huge ambitions to be the UK’s best and biggest digital insurer?

An organisation that focuses on profitable growth that’s truly sustainable, by doing the right thing for colleagues, customers, the community and the company – our 4Cs? Somewhere that celebrates openness and diversity by encouraging you to be yourself – and was ranked 4th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2023/24?

Are you ready for a future with Hastings Direct?

Recruitment for our 2024 programmes is now closed – applications will open again in early 2025.