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
A friendly, open forum that lets employees and carers share ideas, information and news. Although it's called the Disability Network, members recognise that the way disability is perceived is very individual, so we don't use labels. Discussions range from sickness and benefits to disability issues.
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
A great early insight into a potential career choice.
Applications open: December 2018
Length: 5-10 days
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
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
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
• 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
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.
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.
To request adjustments please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will look into supporting you in your individual situation.
Below are examples of support and adjustments that are available to our employees.
• In 2015, one of our full time employees, who’d been with us for 8 years, developed a serious medical condition. It left her confined to a wheelchair and only able to work a few hours a week, so we made adjustments to her role. It has been working out very well, and she remains on as a valued employee.
• Another member of staff recently returned to work after being on the Income Protection (IP) Scheme since 2015, when severe musculoskeletal pain made work impossible. Atkins worked with occupational health to make adjustments to his working environment and desk set up. He is currently on reduced working hours while he re-integrates into the work place and is doing very well.
Both employees find getting to work difficult, because they can’t drive and find public transport too uncomfortable. They’ve been advised to contact ‘Access for Work’ and have received funding and support with their commute. They are also in Atkins’ partial IP Scheme, so they receive IP benefit for the hours their disabilities prevent them from working.
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