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Meet Charlie Beckwith, Architectural Assistant at Atkins, a member of the AtkinsRéalis Group, who discovered his path and talent in architecture through an apprenticeship! Charlie shares his journey and the role Atkins played in shaping his career:
Atkins helped me turn my interests into my ideal career.
All I knew was that I wanted to do an apprenticeship, but I wasn't sure in what field. My passion for design led me to explore creative apprenticeships. And that's how I discovered architecture and Atkins. My decision to join Atkins was hugely influenced by the organization's reputation and attractive apprenticeship programme. It also helped that my Grandad, a principal civil engineer at Atkins, had always spoken highly of the organization.
"Growing up, I wasn't sure of my true passions. In secondary, a tutor encouraged me to take engineering. Being creative, I also picked Art. I loved these subjects, and they sparked my passion for design. Still, when I finished school. I had no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew was I wanted to do an apprenticeship and start learning and earning." —Charlie, Degree Apprentice Architecture
Balancing apprenticeship and university life
One of the challenges I initially faced was balancing my apprenticeship with university studies. Over time, I've learned the importance of preparation, regular communication with tutors – and the support I receive from Atkins. The company's flexible working culture, which supports a hybrid office and remote work model, has helped me manage these commitments. My colleagues are amazing – we have a friendly office environment with plenty of young professionals my age.
Atkins assigned me a buddy to help with any software or company questions and a mentor I have a weekly catch-up with to talk through office work and university work. Besides enjoying plenty of advice, I always feel welcome to ask anything. This is all managed and supported by my line manager, who ensures I receive the correct guidance and support.
"The support of colleagues, from peers and seniors, has been the biggest benefit to my apprenticeship. It allows the guidance and knowledge that I would otherwise lack." —Charlie, Degree Apprentice Architecture
Atkins experiences you won't want to miss!
I've also enjoyed the social groups across the company, which cultivate a strong sense of community. One of my favourite events was the annual ski trip. It was action-packed, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people across the organization on different activities. I met apprentices and graduates at Atkins and Faithful+Gould from offices I wouldn't usually have contact with.
What I love about my team in Epsom
The atmosphere in the studio has been very friendly since my first day. Everyone is approachable, embodying the ethos: "No question is a bad question." This is vital to our positive studio dynamic. Our area has a large communal meeting space, allowing collaboration and design reviews.
"Every Monday, we have a meeting as a team which brings everyone together to discuss different updates and things to look forward to as a team. Many social events allow us to socialize outside of the working environment. Working in the Epsom office showcases the importance of days inside the office – it gives us so many opportunities to support one another and enjoy a positive working environment." —Charlie, Degree Apprentice Architecture
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