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Early Careers at Atkins

If you join us you’ll be working with people who thrive in our strong team environment and are committed to doing more than what’s expected to provide exceptional solutions for our clients.

Our teams provide multidisciplinary technical expertise across many sectors including:

  • environment
  • defence
  • healthcare
  • rail
  • roads
  • security
  • water

Our projects are varied, sometimes high-profile and often challenging. This means our people’s career opportunities are diverse and always interesting!


The design, engineering and project management industries are exciting sectors to work in. From shaping landmark buildings to looking after the environment or helping people travel around our cities more easily, the variety of work and travel opportunities mean there's never a dull moment in this industry. It's a really a fun place to work!

Joining Atkins as an apprentice could be the perfect start to your career. You'll learn something fascinating every day, study towards a qualification and get paid for it! You'll not only be helping to transform the world around you, but your own future too. Sound good?

For more information and how to apply to our apprenticeship roles please click here.


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; and on-the-job experience.

You will be responsible for driving your development, supported by your line manager as you gain relevant experience through work and through formal training. Other resources are available, such as Graduate Representatives in each business, a Graduate Advisor within the Learning & Development team, and a thriving Graduate Community.

In addition, there are a number of institution-specific Chartership schemes which will guide you towards achieving status as an engineer, scientist, environmentalist etc.

Watch this video and hear from our existing grads and others about what the GDP is all about and its importance to Atkins:


If you’re looking to get a head start in your career, then considering a placement at Atkins could be just the option.

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 placements; these are available for all degree years. Usually they last a 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. They typically last between 8 and 12 months.

There are lots of benefits to completing a placement at Atkins:

  •  It’s great experience to take back into university to support your degree and it’s certain to boost your confidence in your business skills.
  • It’s a good insight into Atkins and the world of work. You’ll have direct access to exciting, complex projects and major clients whilst receiving world-class training.
  • You’ll get unrivalled business experience that will help you get ahead of the game. If you’ve done at least 12 weeks’ work with us then you could get nominated straight onto our Graduate Development Progamme.
  • Once your placement has finished we’ll want to keep in touch, as we hope you might come back for a second placement year or that you’re lucky enough to join our graduate development programme.





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