Atkins Degree Apprenticeship Programme - Systems Engineering - South West

Apply From: 25th of October 2019
Application Deadline: 13th of January 2020
Start Date: 1st of September 2020

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Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. With over 18,000 people globally, you’ll be joining a team of people who never stop pushing themselves to discover what’s possible.

Have you ever wondered how all the systems in a complex platform like an aircraft, submarine, tank or communication system work together? The SNC-Lavalin Atkins Systems Engineering Degree Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to learn about these systems and so much more, whilst offering a fantastic start to your engineering career. With an industry leading 5-year programme designed to develop your professional, technical and personal skills, we provide you with the opportunity to use your talents to help shape the world around you. Learn to exploit cutting-edge technologies across a variety of challenging engineering projects, to help clients not only meet, but embrace these exciting times.

Do you want to get paid for gaining a degree apprenticeship qualification with on-the-job mentoring and learning? Would you enjoy solving problems and working with some of the best minds in engineering and design?  If the answer is ‘yes’, come and join Atkins as an apprentice and get your career off to the best start possible.

With Atkins, you’ll be joining a team who help to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas and by solving the engineering challenges of the future. Our apprenticeship programme will provide you with the foundations to maximise your full potential.

Adventurous spirits. Impressive advances. This is your opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading consultancies. With the Atkins Apprenticeship Development Programme, you’re in great company.

Where could I work?

Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADST)

Location: Bristol

Requirements: GCSEs including a B/6 in Mathematics & C/5 in English Language  + 120 UCAS points including Mathematics and a stem related subject (Full details)

Further details of this apprenticeship can be found here. Your Learning Provider is UWE in partnership with Gloucester College but please note this subject to change depending on availability.

As an apprentice systems engineer at Atkins, you will join a vibrant ADS&T Systems Engineering team, working with some of the finest minds on the most challenging engineering projects of our time. Day-to-day you will work on a variety of tasks for different clients, which will aid you in developing and cultivating your understanding of how systems function and interact together. Atkins encourage you to think outside the box, collaborating with industry experts to design new systems to be used in the real world. You will learn how to look at a system as whole and consider every aspect of its design from initial concept to disposal at the end of its lifecycle.

Our prestigious systems engineering apprenticeship programme is structured so our apprentices study via day release at Gloucestershire College (Years 1-3) and the University of West England (Years 4-5) throughout the degree apprenticeship scheme. Furthermore, you will develop new skills day-by-day through contributing to project work and attending additional training courses provided by Atkins. You will have 100% of the course fees covered during your apprenticeship and a competitive salary throughout. By the end of your apprenticeship you will have a Level 6 BEng degree qualification and the professional and technical skills to work as a developing systems engineer in a variety of different industries.

But your development does not stop there. Atkins is committed to supporting your continued progression, providing you with new skills and experiences so you can drive your career in the direction you want.

Join a growing community of apprentices here at Atkins and contribute to projects in the UK Defence Equipment and Infrastructure Programmes, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation Programmes, Aerospace, Transportation and Energy domains. Our principle clients include UK Government Departments & Agencies, Airbus, BAE SYSTEMS, Cobham, Babcock, EDF, Heathrow Airports Limited and many others. We are looking for someone with the passion and drive to adapt to new challenges, using their creativity and enthusiasm to develop innovative solutions for our clients and for society, as a whole.

What are we looking for?

  • The ability to work in a team, assisting with the planning, design and smooth running of a variety of projects  
  • Creativity and strong communication skills 
  • Vision, inclusive and the drive to keep on learning
  • To be reliable, practical and self-motivated
  • A forward-thinking mind and the drive to keep on learning and developing your skills and experience
  • Be UK mobile to work across different locations on a variety of projects
  • A lateral thinker who can apply technical knowledge to analyse problems, create innovative solutions and make sound decisions and isn’t afraid to push boundaries
  • Not afraid to show initiative or ask for guidance when you need it, you must be customer focused and commercially aware with a strong attention to detail

What are the benefits and rewards?

For a full list of our benefits and to understand more about our apprentice community, please click here. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to one of our current apprentices about our culture click here.

How do I apply?

Please click the apply button now to start your application journey!  As an equal opportunities employer we value applications from candidates of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. For more information about our D&I initiatives, please click here.

We want you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this.  So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on

For further details on our recruitment process, please refer to our website.


Our deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.  Some of our programmes are incredibly popular, to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible. 

NB: This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. 

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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