Open and close mobile menu


Insights What makes Atkins a top choice to accelerate your career

Are you currently at university? Wondering how to set yourself up for success? A placement is a great way to gain valuable experience and get some industry exposure. Placements offer a hands-on environment where you can apply theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios and develop essential skills. Better yet, they help you build a strong foundation for your future career, with research showing 42% of placement students return to their placement provider after their final year of study. But finding the right organisation is crucial. That’s where we come in, with summer and 12-month industrial placement opportunities.

At Atkins, we offer exceptional opportunities for ambitious undergraduates such as Salma, who enjoyed exploring her interests in a 12-week placement. With over 80 years of design, engineering and project management expertise, we have an impressive range of projects and clients across infrastructure, transportation, environment nuclear and clean power, and aerospace, defence, security and technology. 

Each year, our top performing placement students (who’ve done at least 8 weeks on placement with us) have the opportunity to be nominated for our Graduate Development Programme (GDP). If you’re nominated you’ll bypass the standard recruitment process and be offered a place on the programme.

Dive into these 4 top reasons that make Atkins the perfect place to kickstart your journey:

1. Cutting-edge projects and diverse opportunities

At Atkins, we’re driven by a meaningful purpose – engineering a better future for our planet and its people. To achieve this, we work with our clients to deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world around us. A digital approach is fundamental to our way of working. It transforms outcomes when combined with every element of the engineering process: our people, our data insights and our technology.

Join us at the forefront of groundbreaking projects that shape the future, from regenerating public spaces that bring together arts, learning and commerce, to the development of High Speed 2 (HS2), the UK’s largest infrastructure investment project, and testing the potential of fusion power as a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source.

You'll contribute to transformative initiatives, and create social value for local and global communities, gaining invaluable experience and exposure across sectors. You’ll get to work alongside industry experts and make a tangible impact early in your career. 

2. Supportive and collaborative culture 

Our culture thrives on collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity. We're committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone's differences and experiences are equally valued. When you do a placement at Atkins, you’ll be surrounded by a supportive early careers community, with professional and social networking groups. 

You’ll find an encouraging space to connect and share ideas with senior management. Our accessible senior leadership team ensures your voice is heard, empowering you to own your projects and contribute to our success. Don’t just take it from us, read what Maroof loves about the supportive environment at Atkins:

“Atkins is all about people [...] I find myself one day working alongside my peers and the next, having a great conversation with a senior leader right next to me. Learning from a diverse group of people willing to spend their time with you is one of the main reasons I love working here and see myself doing so for years to come.”

3. Flexibility and work-life balance 

We understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance and encourage employees to look after their wellbeing. We trust our early careers candidates to own their projects and drive their development, like Isabella, a graduate process engineer at Atkins, who enjoyed the flexibility to shape her career. Isabella started out studying Chemical Engineering at university, so if you’re looking for chemical engineering graduate jobs, a placement at Atkins might be the start of your thrilling career journey with us.

4. Commitment to sustainability 

With Atkins, you'll join a team that asks questions and dares to see things differently while engineering a better future for our planet and its people. 

You'll be helping a wide variety of clients across various sectors, including transportation, infrastructure, environment, energy, defence, technology and aerospace, bring their ideas to life. Working on the frontlines helping to deliver world-class sustainable solutions, the work you do today will help to create a net zero future tomorrow. If you’re ready to embrace innovation and a fulfilling career, all while making your mark in the engineering and design industry by engineering a better future, then Atkins is the place to be.

Unleash your potential at Atkins

If you like the sound of joining a renowned global leader in design, engineering and project management, kickstart your career with Atkins. With a variety in breadth and scale of projects, sectors and clients, a supportive culture, work-life balance, and a commitment to sustainability, we offer an exceptional platform for ambitious undergraduates. If you want real-world experience of technical excellence, with supportive leaders and a diverse and inclusive environment, explore summer placements and industrial placements at Atkins.