Technology Graduate Programme

We’re a digital business, driven by data, and using technology to create new services that transform customer and colleague experiences. Join this structured, two-year graduate programme and you’ll build the skills, knowledge and experience you need to be a key player in our pioneering technology teams.

You’ll have the chance to contribute to a variety of real projects, from agile working, to supporting our transformation over to cloud and cloud native services, to automation, migrating our datacentre and developing a next generation contact centre. In short, you’ll play a key role in helping to shape our digital transformation.

You will also gain exposure to all elements of running the delivery function by working alongside the wider team. Hastings Direct technology, culture and approach is evolving to embrace true engineering and DevSecOps first principles. On this graduate programme you’ll be at the forefront of this technical journey.

Where you’ll be based

You’ll be based at our fantastic Bexhill, East Sussex office which is close to the seafront.

We’re committed to hybrid working, so you’ll have the flexibility to work some days in the office and some days at home.

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

Over the two-year programme, you’ll have the opportunity to gain experience across Technology Services, working on core projects that enable our digital transformation. It’s a great way to discover how technology supports every aspect of our business and to develop wide-ranging technical skills and understanding.

You’ll have four placements each lasting six months with a focus on developing your collaboration and coding skills. The placements could be within the following areas:

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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

Jorvan, Technology Graduate (Second Year Graduate)

I was attracted by the rotations offered in the graduate role. I am extremely fortunate to be able to work and learn within a variety of different teams within the technology department, not many others get such a wide range of experiences so early on in their career.

There have been many highlights for me over the past year. The overall development I have gained and the amazing people I have met and worked with have been a huge part of my time here. I was given the opportunity by my manager to do a presentation in front of many colleagues and Microsoft. It went very well and is my biggest highlight as I had emphasised that public speaking was an area for me to improve.

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.