Starting your career at Hastings Direct

Supporting, enriching and growing careers is important to us at Hastings – we’re proud to offer great graduate and apprenticeship schemes which support career development and real progression.

Whether you are a school leaver, student or graduate - we have a number of opportunities that will provide you with structured learning and personal development to take that first step in your career.


Our early careers opportunities

HR Graduate Scheme

Our Human Resources (HR) Graduate Scheme is designed for graduates to work alongside our HR colleagues whilst they partner with the business to help deliver our corporate strategy and objectives. Hastings’ HR team have a huge variety of roles, from numerical and data-driven roles in Rewards to law specialists in Advisory and training experts in Learning & Development. You’ll be exposed to our highly experienced, collaborative and forward thinking team who support the business to create a working environment where colleagues can perform at their best.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 intake, please check back in the autumn for news about our 2021 intake.

Finance Graduate Scheme

Finance Graduate Scheme

This three-year scheme based in Bexhill gives you an excellent chance to experience working in four different finance teams, as well as all the support you need to gain an ACCA qualification. You’ll be exposed to the full range of finance operations, including Financial Accounts, Financial Reporting, Shared Services, Management Reporting & Planning and Tax. By the end of the programme, we aim to equip you with the skills, tools and experience to specialise in one of the 4 areas you have worked in.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 intake, please check back in the autumn for news about our 2021 intake.

IT Graduate Scheme

Our IT Graduate Scheme is designed to give graduates the exposure to our proactive, strategic, business-focused and highly specialised IT Delivery teams. During the scheme you’ll experience a wide range of different platforms, syntax and technologies; be taught by real experts in a highly collaborative, agile and supportive environment.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 intake, please check back in the autumn for news about our 2021 intake.

Data Analytics Graduate Scheme

Our Data Analytics Graduate Scheme based in Bexhill and London is designed specifically to give you real experience in our cutting-edge analytical teams including Data Engineering, Underwriting Decision Science, Retail Pricing and Retail Data Science.

Over the two years in this rotational scheme, you will take on placements in Data Engineering, Underwriting Decision Science, Retail Pricing and Retail Data Science. Each placement is designed to be hands-on. You will work on projects that make a real difference to our business. Your projects will involve machine learning, data science, data engineering, optimisation and artificial intelligence.

Our scheme is designed for you if you are passionate about data, have a hunger to learn and a drive to expand your range of analytical skills. A senior analytical leader will be your mentor along with a placement coach who will be your go-to advisor whilst you are learning on the job.

We are not currently recruiting for this programme however, we often recruit graduates into our data focused business areas so please take a look at our other vacancies.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship –
The Role:
We’re looking for a mathematically and statistically minded apprentice to join us, as we continue to grow through the power of data and digital trends

It’s a really exciting time at Hastings and we want to support you, to study for a fully-funded undergraduate degree apprenticeship – whilst earning at the same time! You will be working 4 days a week plus 1 day of studying.

Economist Degree Apprenticeship – Account Analyst
We’re looking for a mathematically and curiously minded apprentice to join us, as we continue to grow through the power of data and digital trends. You will be supported to achieve a fully funded undergraduate degree, whilst earning at the same time. You will be working 4 days a week plus 1 day of studying

Data Analyst Apprenticeship – Risk Pricing
We’re looking for an analytical and big data minded apprentice to join us, as we continue grow through the power of data and digital trends. It’s a really exciting time at Hastings and we want to support you, to study for a fully-funded 24 month Data Analyst Level 4 apprenticeship - whilst earning at the same time! You will be working 4 days a week plus 1 day of studying.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 intake, please check back on the autumn for news about our 2021 intake.

Work Experience

If you’re aged 14 – 19, this is your chance to step inside the world of Hastings Direct.

Each year, we run week long programmes at our Bexhill Head Office to give students the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a successful business. It’s a nurturing and exciting environment where you can gain experience that can give you a real competitive edge in the employment marketplace.


Please note, our Spring/Summer 2020 work experience is currently postponed however please do contact the Recruitment Team if you would like to be considered for experience from September 2020.


Rewards and benefits

When you join us, you’ll be making a real contribution to our success. And we believe you deserve to share in that success, so we’ve developed an attractive, competitive and flexible salary and benefits package that recognises and rewards your part in our growth. This includes:

Core benefits

  • Annual leave (25-27 days + Bank Holidays)
  • Annual bonus schemes
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Flexible working
  • Pension
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Digital GP
  • Colleague Assistance Programme
  • Income protection
  • Life cover (four times your salary)

Voluntary benefits

  • Buy and sell holiday (up to 5 days)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts and cashback with many retailers
  • Hastings Direct product discounts
  • Hastings Share Incentive Plan (SIP)
  • Health & dental care plans

Meet some of the people who started their careers with us

Joshua
Finance Graduate

I have been on the Finance Graduate programme for 7 months working in the Financial Accounts Team. My first rotation was extremely rewarding - working on a variety of projects and regularly cooperating with senior leaders. It has been a great opportunity to develop my technical knowledge and understanding of the wider business. One of the best things about the Finance Graduate programme is being part of the agile and fast paced culture; there is always something new and exciting. Moreover, I receive great study support for my company funded ACCA qualification – it’s the perfect platform to kickstart my career!

Chloe
Level 3 Apprenticeship : Senior Financial Services Customer Advisor

I wanted an opportunity to learn a nationally recognised qualification and to better myself not just for me but also my children. I started my A levels when I left school and didn’t finish them and I’ve always wanted to go back to learning. The apprenticeship has given me so much confidence, self-belief and knowledge, expanding my knowledge in Underwriting and Claims so I am now more equipped to explain these processes to our customers.

Ram
Data Analytics Graduate

I would definitely recommend Hastings Direct to other graduates. Graduates at Hastings Direct are given projects which have an impact on the business and are given the support they need. I have found that placement leaders and colleagues are approachable and keen to help. Their approachability and experience has meant that I have been able to absorb skills. I think Hastings Direct is the ideal place to start a career.

Kelvin
Apprenticeship : Digital Technology Solutions Professional Degree

I’ve been working in IT for a few years now as I didn’t go to university, I wanted to formalise my career in IT with a degree. It was identified by my leader that an apprenticeship was possible and I started this in 2019. It’s been really helpful to understand how my role plays a part in the broader IT function and I’m enjoying learning in a formal way, even needing to write ‘proper’ assignments which I’ve not had to do since school!



Where you can start your career

Not every one of our roles are available in all our Hastings Direct offices. Here are where you can find the entry level opportunities you are interested in.