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New name. New era. AtkinsRéalis

Atkins, SNC-Lavalin and Faithful+Gould have united to become AtkinsRéalis. AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading design, engineering and project management organization. We create world-class sustainable solutions that connect people, data and technology. We’re transforming the world’s infrastructure and energy systems, growing partnerships with our clients and bringing the most complex projects across the world to life. Our global team of 36,000+ employees speak over 70 languages and represent 130 nationalities across six continents.


By joining AtkinsRéalis 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.

Our apprenticeship opportunities are now closed.

They will open again for applications in Autumn 2024. In the meantime, you can join our Talent Community to receive emails with tips and advice and to be notified when applications re-open.

You can also sign up to our Connectr platform, where you can connect directly with our early careers mentors who can answer your questions about all things AtkinsRéalis. You’ll also find career guidance, tips, and advice on applying.

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.

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.

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.

If you don’t meet the required grades following offer, please contact your recruiter as soon as possible to discuss further.

For our Apprentice roles you’ll need to be living in the UK for 3 years prior to applying.

The Apprenticeship

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.

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.

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.

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.

All Apprentices are permanently employed from day one with AtkinsRéalis.

The AtkinsRéalis 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:

Level 3 £20,000 - £21,800
Level 4 £21,000 - £22,800
Level 5 £22,000 - £23,800
Level 6 £23,400 - £27,352

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.

Recruitment process

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

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.

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 AtkinsRéalis 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.

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.

We’re looking for you to have a clear interest in AtkinsRéalis 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.

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.

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 you’re no longer able to attend, please contact us at apprenticeships@atkinsrealis.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.

Extra 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 apprenticeships@atkinsglobal.com to discuss in confidence. Click here to learn more about AtkinsRéalis as a disability confident employer.

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 apprenticeships@atkinsglobal.com.  Click here to learn more about AtkinsRéalis as a disability confident employer.

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 apprenticeships@atkinsrealis.com.  Click here to learn more about AtkinsRéalis as a disability confident employer.