HS2 (High Speed 2) trains will serve over 25 stations connecting around 30 million people. That’s almost half the population. HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network, and will directly connect 8 of 10 of Britain’s largest cities. It is an investment in Britain’s future, and will support 30,000 jobs.
HS2 advertise their roles on Evenbreak to make sure they attract the best diverse talent, so we thought you might like to find out more about them.
They have a dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team (above) and an employee resource group called 2gether.
2gether is HS2’s Access and Inclusion Network, which provides support to staff with experience of disability, access and inclusion challenges, and also to those who want to support their development. It raises awareness of disability, provides information on events, shares and promotes best practice and supports the achievement of HS2’s equality objectives.
HS2 is a Disability Confident Leader (level 3) and this year won two RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) awards – the Disability Confident Award and the Supply Chain Management Award. The judges said: “It was clear to see HS2’s dedication to ensuring it recruits, supports and retains talented people with disabilities. HS2’s focus on creating a culture of trust and open conversation is inspiring. HS2 has truly set a precedent and an example that should be followed by utilising the Disability Confident Employer scheme to drive real change.”
Inclusive Recruitment Process
Last year HS2 started a re-launch of their careers site, making sure that everyone can find out about, access, and apply for opportunities. To achieve this, it knew it had to change the way it attracted talent so that the workforce reflected the true diversity of the UK. The Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC) helped HS2 to develop a website that everyone could use to learn about HS2, find roles and apply for them. The descriptions of images and captioned videos were vastly improved to enable people using screen readers to be able to play and pause video. The issues that the DAC raised were comprehensively addressed, and the careers website is now fully accessible.
In addition, throughout the application process, candidates are offered help on how to apply and how HS2 go about assessing their candidates. They also use ‘blind’ CVs and ‘blind’ technical tests for appropriate roles to avoid unconscious bias.
If you would like to work for this amazing organisation, see their current vacancies here