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Selection process

Our selection process aims to ensure we recruit the best people on to our apprenticeship scheme and we hope it will offer you the opportunity to showcase your talents and really shine!

The information below will explain the typical route we anticipate our applicants to go through, letting you know what to expect, at what time and what we require from you.

**COVID-19 update**

Following UK Government announcements of new measures to help tackle the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to share some further guidance on our recruitment processes here in the UK. Our priorities are ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our people and our candidates. One of the latest Government guidelines to facilitate social distancing is for people to work from home where possible. As such, for any UK early careers applications made on or after 18th March 2020 face-to-face assessment centres or interviews will no longer be possible.  

We’re looking into online / virtual alternatives to enable us to complete our recruitment process but bear with us during these unprecedented times. We’ll continue to listen to feedback from our candidates and evaluate how we operate in the best interests for everyone. For any questions, please contact us on 0121 483 5089 or apprenticeships@atkinsglobal.com.


If you require adjustments to complete any of the below assessments, please contact apprenticeships@atkinsglobal.com.

Choose from three levels of apprenticeships:

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    • The Advanced level is the equivalent to 2 A level passes and to be eligible the candidate will need to have acquired at least 5 passes at GCSE level. An Advanced apprenticeship involves the apprentice working towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ and knowledge-based qualifications (such as BTEC Diplomas, Awards and Nationals) relevant to the sector worked in.
    • The Level 4, higher apprenticeship is the equivalent to a higher education certificate or diploma and a higher level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree. To be eligible the candidate will typically be required to have studied to A level or equivalent standard. The apprenticeship will involve work-based learning towards qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs and Foundation degrees relevant to the sector worked in.
    • The Degree apprenticeship is the equivalent to a bachelor's degree. To be eligible the candidate will typically be required to have studied to A level or equivalent standard. Degree apprenticeships are a new education route recently launched by the Government. They bring together the best of higher and vocational training and enables the apprentice university study as well as the invaluable on-the-job training relevant to the sector worked in.
    • A level 7 is a Masters equivalent apprenticeship, to apply for a level 7 apprenticeship you would typically need to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent. An ideal apprentice would be an ambitious and self-motivated graduate with an upper second class or higher award.
      The level 7 apprenticeship also provides a route towards the knowledge, experience and competence required to apply for recognition by various charterships such as; INCOSE as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and to apply to be registered by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our process

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    • Here you’ll give us some more information about you, your interest in the role and engineering, education background, etc. This is your opportunity to showcase yourself so make sure you capture everything you feel is relevant here. We no longer require CVs so please make sure all your information is detailed in this section.
    • Here your application will be reviewed by one of our Early Careers advisors. They will provide you with an update once your application has been screened.
    • You’ll arrange this at a time that suits you. Here we’ll want to find out more about who you are and how you’ve learnt from your experiences to date.
    • Here you’ll spend some time with us and others all vying for a place on the scheme. Show us your best in a series of activities as this is the last opportunity to impress. We’ll let you know as soon as possible whether you’ll be offered a position. Either way, you’ll receive feedback.
      If you require any adjustments or if there are any special requirements that we need to consider please let us know when confirming your attendance.
    • If you have been successful an offer will be made to you verbally, at this point you will also receive a full contract outlining the details of your offer including the college that will support your learning throughout the apprenticeship.


  1.  Do your research…. on our apprentice programme and the industry you are applying to. Make sure you meet the minimum criteria detailed on our job descriptions and that you only apply to one role. 

  2. Focus your application….tailor the information you provide to the role you have chosen. Make sure your passion comes across and why an apprenticeship is the right path for you. 

  3. Take your time…make sure you take your time and you don’t rush any step in our recruitment process. You can save your application and return to it at another time.

  4. Check, check and check again – revisit your application before you submit it to make sure there are no errors and that you’ve added everything that’s required!

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