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Atkins hunts for 86 apprentices

Atkins is looking for 86 engineering apprentices.

The consultancy giant announced it was looking for people to fill the opportunities across 23 of its offices and a number of disciplines.

It revealed the roles at the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 9 to 13 March.

Atkins chief executive for UK and Europe Nick Robert said: “We believe we have a responsibility to help move the world forward, and for us this includes providing the next generation with an opportunity to start earning and continue learning.

“It’s vitally important we continue to develop the breadth and depth of UK talent, not only for them as individuals, but for the success of our clients, the UK economy and our global competitiveness.”

The engineering apprenticeships will be available in the transport, water, energy and built environment sectors.

There will be 14 in Epsom, 10 in Birmingham, seven in Warrington, and six in each of Bristol, Derby and London as well as more elsewhere.

They will be split across disciplines, with 47 in civil engineering, 20 in electrical, seven in mechanical, six in building services, five in project management and one in telecoms.

Atkins civil engineering apprentice Sanna Shabir said: “When I joined Atkins, I immediately began to gain a real insight into the day-to-day working of projects. Being around an experienced team and learning from them has also helped me begin to understand what my future career could be like.

“When considering an apprenticeship, the idea of earning while learning was a big positive. Also knowing I’m working towards a nationally recognised qualification, learning it in the classroom and then applying it in practice the next week is a great feeling and really rewarding.”

Atkins currently employs over 185 apprentices and 1,183 graduates across the UK and is also a founding member of the 5% club, which commits to having a minimum of 5% of their UK workforce on formal education schemes.

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