National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy. Meet two of our award-winning apprentices at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group.
Jordan Larkin(above right) is a highways technician who joined the Transportation business in July 2018. She won the Apprentice of the Year prize at the North East Process & Innovation Cluster (NEPIC) awards in January.
Since joining us, Jordan has worked on larger scale engineering projects including the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement and the M18 to M62 upgrade. Her enthusiasm for learning has seen her develop quickly through the field of Civil Engineering culminating in her winning the 2018 Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) Quest Scholarship as recognition for her leadership qualities, determination, ambition and ability to think and act independently.
“Not only have my engineering skills developed but so have my people skills,” Jordan remarks. She has also found the time to become involved in STEM activities, is an active member of the ICE, mentors fellow apprentices and promotes apprenticeships and engineering to young females. “These are things I would have never thought about before but things I really enjoy,” says Jordan.
Jordan enjoys working on larger scale projects for big clients such as Highways England. Her short-term goals include attaining a 2:1 in her degree and being signed off with Incorporated Engineer status from ICE. “I love working for a global and prestigious company with a good reputation. I hope to one day become a chartered engineer and explore other opportunities within the business.”
Jack Taylor(pictured above) is a Degree Apprentice in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T) and joined us in August 2017. For his first year, he was based away from his home office of Bristol studying a balance of first year degree modules and a Practical Engineering Operations (PEO) course.
Half way through studying for his A-Levels, Jack knew he wanted to get into the world of work. “I never visualised myself as a full-time student, I wanted to be able to apply what I was being taught to the real world,” says Jack. “After researching many programs, the Atkins apprenticeship scheme appealed to me the most. I heard there was a real sense of community in Atkins, the perfect environment for me to soak up all the experience around me, and hopefully on occasion challenge the norms.”
Jack has worked on several projects including web and application developments as well as creating pipelines for build automation and deployment for various clients. He has also been able to develop his technical knowledge from those he works with daily. Jack observes, “their breadth of understanding making the explanation of complex problems digestible, if not appetising.”
Jack was recognised for his work within our ADS&T young professionals forum. He believes that developing his soft skills and learning how to present himself as a young professional has been instrumental in his own personal development. His ultimate goal is to achieve chartered status, but he also hopes that one day he can mentor other apprentices and maybe even manage a team of engineers.