The Atkins Community
Posted: 4th of October 2017 by Katie.Cockerton@atkinsglobal.com
At Atkins we create a great community, with over 80 talented individuals joining our apprenticeship scheme each year, participating in sports, charitable and social events – achieving and having fun together. Here's a glimpse of just a few of the fun things you can get involved in during your time at Atkins.
Atkins Apprentice Induction
Our annual event welcomes our new apprentices into the business. Taking place in year one, this is a two day induction - here you'll get the opportunity to meet the other apprentices joining the business across the UK. Watch the video welcoming last year's cohort:
Sports & Social Clubs
Health and wellbeing is all about providing you with the support you need to make the right choices to stay fit and healthy both here at work and at home. Here at Atkins we see this as an important part of our employment offering; as an apprentice you’ll get the chance to attend social and sport events. Each office has social coordinators that organise events such as meals out, karting and ice-skating!
Transportation's Katrina 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.”
Millie Coombes is an apprentice in our transportation business, currently studying towards a degree apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions: “I really enjoy being an apprentice in the engineering industry. I get a lot of support from very experienced colleagues at Atkins and have obtained a lot of knowledge that I feel I would struggle to gain elsewhere, alongside having the opportunity to study and attain formal qualifications. I am always provided with challenging work which helps me to progress my knowledge and ability quickly whilst gaining confidence in myself. I would advise other young people, particularly females, to undertake an apprenticeship due to the growing reputation of apprentices in the workplace. The industry is definitely becoming more receptive to young individuals with a desire to learn and apprenticeships foster this by presenting opportunities to study at degree level upon entry. Experience is a key factor in employability and nothing can prepare you more at a young age than experience gained in the workplace which is why apprenticeships are so valuable.”