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We want to be a truly inclusive employer, and that means continuing to improve for the benefit of everyone in the Atkins family. In the next five years we will continue to build on the improvements we've made, promoting a more diverse and inclusive culture for all employees.

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About Us

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We employ more than 18,000 people worldwide, with about 8,500 employees in the UK. We’re part of SNC-Lavalin, a major player in infrastructure ownership and one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world. We support public and private sector clients deliver complex infrastructure projects, from offering upfront strategic advice to managing large, outcome-focused programmes. Whether it’s providing the social and economic infrastructure that makes cities flourish or connecting people and places via technology and big data, Atkins helps achieve success.

We want to be a truly inclusive employer, and that means continuing to improve for the benefit of everyone in the Atkins family. In the next five years we will continue to build on the improvements we'd made for all underrepresented groups, promoting a more diverse and inclusive culture for all employees. 

At Atkins we don't dictate which networks should exist, but fully support any self-generating groups that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We have social, peer and personal support networks, and groups where employees can have a say in drafting policies and working practices. Here are some of our existing staff networks that support disability:


Disability Network Group

ENABLE (our disability network group) is a friendly community for sharing ideas, information and news. It’s a network for employees run by employees which welcomes all employees disabled or not. However it may be of special interest to disabled employees, carers, employees with friends or family who are disabled and any other employees within the organisation that have an interest in disability topics. 


Mental Health First Aiders 

In 2017 we signed the Time to Change employer pledge. It's our commitment to change the way we think and act about mental health at every level of our UK & Europe business. In the same year we were proud to kick off a pilot programme of Mental Health First Aiders. We joined up with the mental health charity Mind to train 50 volunteers to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide people towards support. Where can you work within Atkins? 

Infrastructure: Our engineers, building surveyors, designers and architects shape the built environment through innovative, people-centred design and approaches that balance form and function.

Transportation: From smart motorways, city metros, high-speed rail and driverless cars, we're defining the future of transport infrastructure around the globe to keep the world moving forward.

Energy: We are the engineers who design, care for and extend the life of energy infrastructure to keep our homes warm and our industry going. 

Faithful+Gould: We advise on some of the world's most exciting construction related projects, from giant petrochemical plants to the world's tallest hotel, and from London's Heathrow Airport to the Freedom Tower in New York.

ADS&T (Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology): we impact on critical aerospace and defence projects and transform digital and physical security, keeping people connected, businesses running and advanced communication networks safe.


Did you know?

In March 2017, Atkins was named winner of the SEMTA's Diversity in Engineering Award. This annual award recognises companies that have measurably increased diversity and inclusion in the workplace, creating an environment where employees can thrive.

When it comes to diversity, we’re on a long journey, and as an industry we still have much to accomplish. This award recognises how far we’ve come and the impact that our commitment has already had on the way we recruit, develop and retain the very best people in our industry. We want to build on our progress, stretch our ambitions even further and make our organisation truly inclusive for all.

Learn more on how we are becoming a more diverse and inclusive business.
Diversity at Atkins - Watch our video

Accessibility Awards

2017 SEMTA's Diversity in Engineering Award


  • Work Experience A great early insight into a potential career choice.

    Applications open: December 2018
    Length: 5-10 days
  • Undergraduate Placements If you’re currently at university a placement is a great way to gain valuable experience to support your degree and get some really useful industry exposure. Here at Atkins we offer two types of placements:

    Summer Internship: These are available for all degree years.

    Applications open: October 2018
    Length: Minimum of 12 weeks

    Industrial placements: These are longer placements for students who have the option to take a year out and work with an employer.

    Applications open: October 2018
    Length: 8 – 12 months
  • Apprenticeships If you decide university isn’t the right route for you, then you can join our apprenticeship scheme and we’ll provide you with training and the opportunity to obtain professional qualifications.

    Applications open: September 2018
    Length: Full-time


  • The Graduate Development The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is a three-year framework, designed to help graduates develop the skills and knowledge they need to progress their early careers and subsequently achieve professional registration (where appropriate).

    The programme encompasses:
    • A series of signature events and other core training modules
    • Professional development
    • Mentoring
    • On-the-job experience

    In addition, there are a number of institution-specific chartership schemes which will guide you towards achieving status in your field.
    Applications open: September 2018
    Length: Full-time

Careers Events

Additional Opportunities

Tips for applying

Disclosing your disability during the application process will have no bearing on the outcome. In fact, Atkins encourages you to draw on your disability when considering the key strengths, resilience’s and skills that you have to offer. We pride ourselves on recruiting diverse, talented and strong people who will achieve innovative technologies and designs for our clients. Everyone is different and Atkins wants to harness your talent so that we can achieve our vision together.

  • The Atkins team is happy to provide additional support during the application process To understand your individual needs, our recruiters are on hand to talk you through each stage of the application and discuss any specific requirements you might have.

    Please feel free to contact us on:
    - 0121 483 5089

  • Graduate Development Programme Every year we receive over 14,000 applications to our Graduate Development Programme. Watch our video to learn what you can do to get ahead of the game and make your application stand out.

Your Plus

At Atkins, we want to be a truly inclusive employer, and that means continuing to improve for the benefit of everyone in the Atkins family. These are the strengths we are looking for:

  • Customer Driven Keep customers’ internal and exterior needs at the forefront of everything you say and do. Understand the customer, communicate clearly and build strong, business-focused relationships. Take pride in customer satisfaction.
  • Innovation in Action Use your initiative and knowledge to create workable, lasting solutions. Actively seek and drive process improvements. Demonstrate flexibility of thought and the ability to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Analytical Thinking Show evidence of clear analytical thinking. Get to the heart of complex problems and issues.
  • Outstanding People Be determined and eager to maximise the contribution of yourself and others. Have a thirst for personal growth. Be a team player.

Recruitment Adjustments

To request adjustments please email your details to, and we will look into supporting you in your individual situation.

  • Candidates regularly request additional time for dyslexia or dyspraxia during our online test and on the day at assessment centres. Candidates usually provide us with details of the provision and adjustments they need and we allocate additional time accordingly. For example, a candidate couldn’t do a telephone interview because of hearing difficulties, so we conducted the interview over email instead.

Workplace Support

Below are examples of support and adjustments that are available to our employees.

MyPlus Graduates

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