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Atkins takes on 300 graduates

Atkins has taken on 300 graduates – including 91 women – as well as 80 apprentices.

The new starters will be based at the engineering and design consultancy’s offices including Epsom, London, Bristol, Warrington and Birmingham.

The transportation sector recruited the highest numbers, with others working in energy, water, defence and elsewhere.

Atkins UK & Europe chief executive officer Nick Roberts said: “Nurturing the aspirations and development of our future engineers, designers and scientists is crucial to the delivery and sustainability of our infrastructure.

“We’re committed to developing and implementing ideas that will help move the world forward and enrich lives, and our new graduates and apprentices are vital to achieving this. We want them to have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and experience which will enable them to move through their careers, while designing and delivering the connected places and spaces of tomorrow.”

Jennifer Pollard, a graduate civil engineer working in Croydon in Atkins’ transportation business, said: “The continuation of an engineer’s early development from being a university student to a graduate engineer can be a big change.

“So when I joined the Atkins graduate scheme, I soon realised it offered more than just a structured development programme but also a support network and community.”

Applications for the graduate development programme 2016 have already opened, with a closing date of 8 November.

Apprenticeship applications for 2016 will open in March.

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