Technology Year-in-Industry

We’re a digital business, driven by data, and using technology to create new services that transform customer and colleague experiences. Join this structured, year in industry programme and you’ll build the skills, knowledge and experience you need to embed the learnings at university into practical work experience but also understand where you may want focus on post graduation.

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

Where you’ll be based

We’re committed to hybrid working, so you’ll need to be in either our Bexhill or London office at least twice a week, with the option and flexibility of working from home on other days.

Starting your career with us

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.

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.

The placement

Over the one-year programme, you’ll gain extensive practical experience working on our core projects enabling our digital transformation working across all aspects of the software development lifecycle; supporting and delivering high quality software changes across Hastings Direct’s systems and platforms. It’s a great way to discover how technology supports every aspect of our business and to develop wide-ranging technical skills and understanding.

By the end of the placement, you’ll have a strong understanding of how our teams work together to enable the business to thrive. You may also be on track to gain your first graduate role.

Your professional development

Your development starts from day one, we’re also committed to giving our people the chance to continuously update and add to their skills. And our inclusive, supportive culture means you’ll have a strong support network around you.

From line managers 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!

Frequently asked questions

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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.

Ready to apply?

Are you ready for a 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 9th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2022/23?

Are you ready for a future with Hastings Direct?

Our 2023 early careers schemes are now closed for applications. Recruitment for next year’s scheme will open in early 2024.