Taking a minute to applaud the value of apprenticeships

Posted: 22nd of September 2017 by Katie.Cockerton@atkinsglobal.com

We’ve been speaking to some of our current apprentices to find out what it’s been like to fast track to a great career with Atkins:

Lewis Wade joined our Infrastructure team in 2014 and says combining educational learning with on the job experience has been a win-win situation: “As an apprentice structural engineering technician I’m already making my mark on some of Atkins’ most high profile projects. I’ve particularly enjoyed my experience on the Thames Tideway project as part of the Arup-Atkins joint venture.”

In addition to his everyday role, Lewis is going the extra mile by becoming a STEM Ambassador. And the highlight of his time as an apprentice so far? “I’ve had many fantastic experiences during my 3 years at Atkins, but winning the vocational category for my achievements in the British Education Awards 2017 was a particularly special moment for me.” 

Transportation’s Katrins Ho is one of our newest apprentices. She joined Atkins in August 2016 and is making the most of her opportunities to go out on site: “Being an apprentice with Atkins enables me to get hands-on experience and work with people who have been in the industry for years, as well as studying a higher qualification part-time. I’ve recently been put on a job to inspect pipe bridges for Severn Trent Water. This means I get to go on site every few weeks to inspect the pipes, then write the reports back at the office. Being on site is a great opportunity to learn as you have a real-life situation to apply knowledge to, and writing reports has helped me improve my engineering vocabulary.”

Harry Molyneaux also joined us in 2016 and says he’s been on a huge learning curve ever since: “So far in my time at Atkins I’ve been working on many different types of projects, ranging from structural detailing through to flood defences; I learn something new every day! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first six months at Atkins. I’ve met some amazing people, gained a vast amount of knowledge and have clear visibility of my future within the industry.” 

Robyn Williams is in her second year and says she’s gained valuable experience that has set her up for a rewarding career: “My aspiration has always been to work in an area which is both diverse and exhilarating, and this is one of the many reasons I applied to become an apprentice here at Atkins. Through working on real life projects in Transportation, I believe my skills have developed immensely. Seeing the finished result of projects I’ve worked on is very satisfying and I’m looking forward to being part of more great projects in the future.”

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