We’re making some exciting changes to our company brands and uniting SNC-Lavalin, Atkins, and Faithful+Gould to become AtkinsRéalis.
This is a journey and it will take time to evolve, so for the time being for early careers you will still see us at Atkins, operating under AtkinsRéalis. Please be reassured that this doesn’t impact any of the roles you apply for – we’re still us, just better.
Does AtkinsRéalis mean any changes to the Apprentice programmes?
Please be reassured that the change doesn’t impact any of the roles you apply for – we’re still us, just better. Our high quality early careers programmes and the rich variety of opportunities we offer remain the same.
What is the Atkins Apprenticeship Scheme, and what are the benefits?
By joining Atkins as an Apprentice, the world truly can be your oyster. Not only will you gain valuable 'on the job' experience and work towards professional qualifications but you'll also earn a meaningful salary from day one. Our Apprenticeship Programme is the ideal framework to enable enthusiastic people to drive their own career development. You’ll be supported and motivated to undertake self-directed learning to develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career and work towards a professional qualification. Our programme features events, core training modules, professional development mentoring and on-the-job experience.
We only accept one application per year, so make sure you read the job descriptions available to ensure you’ve selected the right choice for you.
What locations are available to me at Atkins?
Apprentice opportunities are available UK wide and in Northern Ireland. Take a closer look at the roles on the careers pages to see what’s available and where.
What are the required qualifications needed for the Apprenticeship scheme?
Our entry requirements vary depending on the level of Apprenticeship you’re applying for and the learning provider supporting us in that location. Please look at the relevant job description for more information, however these entry requirements can and do change throughout the cycle but we’ve provided what we have now from the provider.
What if you don't meet the entry requirements?
If you don’t meet the required grades following offer, please contact your recruiter as soon as possible to discuss further.
I'm an international student, am I able to apply?
For our Apprentice roles you’ll need to be living in the UK for 3 years prior to applying.
What would be the typical start date?
The typical start date for Apprentices is late August to early September. If you’re offered a role with us, your recruiter will discuss the start dates with you.
How long will it take to complete my Apprenticeship?
The length of your Apprenticeship can depend on the Level you’re studying towards. Typically, it’s 2-3 years for Advanced and Higher Level apprenticeships and 4-5 years for Degree apprenticeships.
Can I progress to higher Apprenticeship levels?
Once you’ve completed your initial apprenticeship, you’ll have an internal discussion with your line manager to review your options. If you wish to continue your education, there are options to be considered for progressions on to a higher level such as a Degree apprenticeship as well as becoming professionally qualified through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This depends on achieving some key requirements during your study.
Do I have to enrol with the College/University myself?
No, this is organised for you by our dedicated Learning and Development team. Typically, you‘ll hear from the college/university in late July or early August regarding enrolment details.
Does Atkins offer a permanent role after the Apprenticeship is completed?
All Apprentices are permanently employed from day one with Atkins.
How much will I be paid as an Apprentice?
The Atkins Professional Apprenticeships scheme comprises Advanced Apprentices (Level 3), Higher Apprentices (Level 4-5) and Degree Apprentices (Level 6). For each Level, we offer a competitive salary which is advertised on our careers pages and discussed with you during the recruitment process.
Your salary will be dependent on Level of your apprenticeship and location. The following are the Apprentice salary ranges by Level for our 2024 intake:
As a Real Living Wage Employer, we are committed to offering the Real Living Wage as a minimum starting salary for our Atkins Level 6 (Degree Level) Apprentices. This is in recognition of the value apprentices bring to our business, ensuring that whatever route you take to start or develop your career, you can expect a fair salary, with a clear and open pathway to progress.
What is the Atkins application process for applications?
Once you have visited our careers pages to read about us and our apprentice opportunities and you’re ready to make your choice, there are 4 short steps to our process, each as important as the other:
1) Start your online application giving us a bit of detail about you
2) Complete our online immersive assessment
3) Attend a virtual interview
4) Hopefully receive an offer
What does an interview involve?
Our interviews will remain virtual this year. This is your opportunity to show us your best and showcase your relevant skills and suitability for the role. This is also a great opportunity for you to learn more about the culture at Atkins and to engage with the people who you may report into as well as people that may become your colleagues. Everything is done via Microsoft Teams.
What does the online Immersive Assessment involve?
Our online Immersive Assessment takes a ‘day in the life of’ approach where we’ve blended a few assessments to make it easier for you and to give you a feel for what it might be like to work for us.
This is a key part of the selection process so it’s really important that you focus on your answers and take it seriously, as the outcome will determine whether you progress to the next stage of the process. You’ll only have one opportunity to do it - so take your computer somewhere quiet, go through the introduction guidelines and listen to the advice that gives you a feel of what to expect.
The test will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete and will consist of several situational judgement questions and questions focused on numerical and verbal reasoning. It concludes with one question requiring a written answer and two questions requiring short, videoed answers (you’ll get a chance to practice the video questions). This further assesses your alignment to our roles and the company. Please note this test is not timed so you can do it at your own pace - the above is an approximate guideline to how long it might take.
Can I submit a CV or cover letter?
We don’t accept or need CVs or cover letters for our apprentice roles as everything we need is captured through the online application process. We’ll ask you for all the relevant details needed to assess your application and to create a fair and consistent process.
What will make my application form stand out?
We’re looking for you to have a clear interest in Atkins and motivation for the role you’re applying to. Make sure you demonstrate this through any related projects or modules you might have studied at school and college. Please also include any work experience or voluntary work that you feel is relevant as well as any outside social activities or interests you think would interest us.
When will I know if I've been successful?
We aim to update you either by phone or e-mail within two weeks of your interview. Your recruiter will give you more details of what timelines to expect.
When will I hear an update following my offer?
Following the interview if you’re successful then you’ll receive a verbal offer. Your contract will take more time to arrive as we’ll need to confirm a few details for your apprenticeship with the college/university. You’ll receive your contract electronically and there’ll be regular tasks to complete. We’ll also invite you to register with our Connectr pre-boarding portal so you can start networking with other apprentices to help you for your first day and your apprenticeship journey with us.
If I am no longer able to attend the interview, what should I do?
If you’re no longer able to attend, please contact us at email@example.com or contact your recruiter directly to let us know. Due to high volumes and the number of people involved in the process we’re unable to guarantee that we can re-schedule it for you.
I've a disability, are you able to provide adjustments and/or additional support?
Yes, we’re proud to be a Disability Confident accredited employer, and we provide adjustments where needed as we want you to be the best you can be during the recruitment process. Please let us know as soon as possible regarding any adjustments you require so that we can put them in place at the right time to support you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in confidence. Click here to learn more about Atkins as a disability confident employer.
Should I tell you about my disability?
We know it can be difficult sometimes to talk about personal things but we’re here to support you during the recruitment process. Please let us know as soon as possible if you require any adjustments or changes to the interview process so we can put them in place at the right time. Contact us at email@example.com. Click here to learn more about Atkins as a disability confident employer.
What types of adjustments are available for somebody who has a disability or health condition?
We want you to perform at your best at all stages of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to support this. Examples of adjustments we’ve made in the past include, but are not limited to, providing assistive technology; extra time; changing the format of an assessment; scheduling an interview at a specific time; and ensuring there is access. For further information and to discuss how we can support you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more about Atkins as a disability confident employer.