Atkins takes on over 400 young people to help solve future engineering challenges

As a further sign of a recovering economy, Atkins has welcomed one of the largest intakes of young people in its 75 year history, with more than 400 graduates and apprentices joining its UK business. The new recruits will take on roles across the wide range of sectors the company operates within, particularly energy and aerospace which reflects the strength of those markets.

Sue Cooper, Atkins’ UK HR director, said:

“The future of our industry and its ability to create a better quality of life for us all depends on attracting and retaining the most talented young people within the design, engineering and project management fields. It is widely acknowledged that there is likely to be a shortage of suitably qualified young people to deliver the technically complex and time critical challenges in the years ahead. This coupled with increasing worldwide demand for infrastructure and other engineering capabilities means companies in our sector need to address the issue now.

“Our 2013 intake of graduates and apprentices is one of our largest ever and we are proud to be able to offer a world of opportunities for so many people from different backgrounds and with varying levels of qualifications. They have an exciting journey ahead.”

The 330 graduates and 75 apprentices will fulfil a wide variety of roles, from engineers, environmentalists and management consultants to scientists and planners. Based in offices across the UK, they will work within Atkins’ Energy, Rail, Water & Environment, Highways & Transportation, Design & Engineering and Defence, Aerospace & Communications business units.

Two apprentices who have joined Atkins’ Aerospace business on a higher apprenticeship scheme are 18-year-olds Callum Mayhew and George Rawlins. Based in the Bristol office they will work on high-profile projects with clients including Airbus and Rolls-Royce. They will focus on mechanical and design engineering across aerostructures and aero engines, while working towards a foundation degree in mechanical engineering.

Callum Mayhew said:

“As university fees in England have increased so much in recent years, many of my friends have been put off from going to university. Some are even studying abroad to avoid a large student debt. I was keen to look at other ways of getting into engineering – not only due to the cost but also because I wanted to learn engineering in a practical way rather than purely from a classroom.”

George Rawlins added:

“I was eager to get in to the workplace and make my own way in the world, so the higher apprenticeship route suits me as it will enable me to do this while I study. I applied to over fifteen apprenticeship schemes. Due to the nature of work and the breadth of disciplines, Atkins was one of my top choices so I am delighted to be offered a place.”

Atkins is regularly recognised for its commitment to graduate recruitment and won the award for most popular graduate recruiter for construction, civil engineering and surveying at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards in April 2013. The company is also ranked in the Guardian UK300 and the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers lists for 2013. The graduate development programme runs for three years and has been devised to offer flexibility and a broad range of career opportunities. Graduates will be allocated a mentor to provide them with guidance as they begin on their chosen career path and develop the skills needed to deliver complex engineering and design projects. They will also be supported should they choose to gain further qualifications or chartership.

In addition to permanent graduate and apprentice positions, Atkins has also accommodated over 200 summer / Year in Industry placement students to date during 2013.

Applications for the Atkins 2014 graduate development programme are now open. To find out more information or to apply, please visit Applications for the 2014 apprenticeships are due to open in the Spring.