Welcome to the Atkins early careers portal.

Click on tasks for application tips, and click on ask a question to choose a mentor to chat to! The mentors are current Atkins grads, apprentices and grads who’ve done a placement. They are here for you to speak to for advice on applying and all things Atkins!

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Please choose a mentor from below and start a conversation! Please do take a look at the profiles and choose someone to talk to. You can ask about anything at all. Mentors will respond as fast as possible within 48 hours, during office hours, and you'll receive an email notification as soon as they do.

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What is this portal for?

This portal has been designed to support you through Atkins' application process. There are modules for you to complete which cover application tips, background on Atkins as a company, selecting the right programme for you and how to make the most of your mentors! 

Who are our mentors?

Your mentors are Atkins graduates, apprentices and graduates who have done a placement, they have volunteered their time to support you throughout this process. Their roles are varied, so do make sure to read as many of the mentor profiles to find out who would be best placed to help you with your question.

Why would I connect with a mentor?

This is a great chance to get to know what life is like at Atkins, learn about day-to-day elements of specific roles within the company and to ask for advice on your application.

What sort of questions can I ask a mentor?

You can ask anything you like, from general questions about the different roles, through to personal questions about what made your mentor pick Atkins over other companies.

Programme specific FAQ'S

What will make my application form stand out?

We’re looking for you to have a clear interest in Atkins and the role you are applying to. Make sure you demonstrate this through any related projects or modules you may have studied at university and really think about the information you’re asked to provide us through your application process. You can also include any work experience that you feel is relevant, just make the most of the opportunity you have to show us what you have to offer.

 

When’s the closing date for applications?

Each role advertised on our careers pages should provide you with that detail, but generally we will close as we go along based on volume of applications, so we suggest that you get your application in as soon as you can to ensure the options are available that you’re interested in.

 

How do I know which role is right for me?

We’ve tried to provide a significant amount of useful information on our careers pages that will help you choose a role, understand more about our business and know what’s on offer if you’re successful. The job descriptions will also provide lots of detail and additional information but if you want to know more about what it’s actually like to work at Atkins then the mentors will be able to tell you their personal experience

 

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply?

Yes - Atkins is an A rated sponsor within the Home Office Sponsorship Management system under Tier 2. This means that we can sponsor candidates from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who do not currently have the right to work in the UK but possess a valid Tier Four student visa. However, this does vary so please ensure you check the eligibility criteria in the job description.

 

What does the situational judgement test involve?

The situational judgement test presents you with work-based scenarios in video format and you’ll be required to select the most/least likely outcome from a list of options. This test offers you a glimpse into life at Atkins and the questions are all underpinned by our key behaviours and competencies that we look for.

 

What do I do if I have completed an undergraduate placement or I'm an internal candidate at Atkins?

If you have completed a paid undergraduate placement with Atkins or are an internal candidate already working for Atkins and would like to apply to our graduate programme please contact us by emailing graduates@atkinsglobal.com before submitting your application.

 

I have a disability, are you able to provide adjustments and / or support?

Yes, we provide adjustments because we want you to be able to demonstrate your full potential during the recruitment process. It’s really important to inform us early on in the process so we can look at what support you might need and at what stage so we can respond accordingly at the right time. Contact us at graduates@atkinsglobal.com or call 0121 483 5089.

 

What types of adjustments are available for someone who has a disability or health condition?

We can provide various adjustments that will enable you to perform your best at all stages of the recruitment process. Examples of adjustments we have made in the past include, but are not limited to, providing assistive technology, extra time, changing the format of an assessment, scheduling an interview at a specific time, ensuring there is access. For further information and help please contact graduates@atkinsglobal.com or call 0121 483 5089.

Which scheme should I apply for?

We’ll only accept one application per recruitment campaign year, therefore, make sure you read the job descriptions and information on our careers site carefully to make sure you’ve selected the right choice for you.

 

When’s the closing date for applications?

Each role advertised on our careers pages should provide you with that detail, but generally we will close as we go along based on volume of applications, so we suggest that you get your application in as soon as you can to ensure the options are available that you’re interested in.

 

I am an International student, am I eligible to apply?

Atkins is an A rated sponsor within the Home Office Sponsorship Management system under Tier 2. This means that we can take placement students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) providing they are currently studying at a UK university and have a valid Tier Four student visa.

 

Can I take holiday during my placement?

As part of your contract all placement students regardless of the length of time you work for us you will accrue holiday on a pro rata basis and are entitled to take this time off during your placement.

 

What type of placements does Atkins offer?

Our paid placement opportunities are designed for students from all degree years. They include: Summer placements – typically at least 8 weeks and typically completed during your longest academic break from University. We don’t have a fixed start date but they usually run between May/June through to August/September. Industrial placements – often built into and count towards your degree course. Again, we don’t have a fixed start date but they usually commence from the beginning of a student’s academic year (September/October) and they typically last 12 months.

 

Why should I apply for a placement at Atkins?

If you're currently at University, spending time on a placement with us will help you get a better understanding of the areas that inspire you the most. You’ll be able to develop your technical skills and gain valuable experience to add to your CV. You’ll also be making important contacts in the industry and if you do well and like what we do, you’ll be eligible to be fast tracked through the graduate recruitment process.

 

Will I get considered for the Graduate Development programme?

If you’ve done at least 8 weeks on placement with us and do well then you could get nominated straight onto our Graduate Development Programme.

What are the benefits of the Apprenticeship programme?

By joining Atkins as an apprentice, the world truly can be your oyster. Not only will you gain valuable 'on the job' experience and work towards professional qualifications but you'll also earn a meaningful salary from day one.

 

When’s the closing date for applications?

Each role advertised on our careers pages should provide you with that detail, but generally we will close as we go along based on volume of applications, so we suggest that you get your application in as soon as you can to ensure the options are available that you’re interested in.

 

How long will it take to complete an apprenticeship?

This will depend on the apprenticeship you are studying towards. Typically it will be 2-3 years for Advanced level 3 and 4-5 years for a degree apprenticeship.

 

What should I wear to the assessment centre?

We appreciate you might not have been into an office before but try and dress smartly and you’ll fit in.

 

Will I have to enrol with the college myself?

No, this will be done for you by our dedicated Learning and Development team. Typically, you will hear from the college in late July / August time in regard to enrolment.

 

Should I tell you about my disability?

Yes, you should tell us as soon as possible so that we can help you make sure you are able to do your best. We will provide you with support and potentially some adjustments that will help you. Remember we’re there to support you and we want you to do well. To talk to us email apprenticeships@atkinsglobal.com

 

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