When Tony Sollis graduated from Sheffield University in 2000, he was drawn to Atkins by the chance to work on major projects. He has just completed his graduate training programme in the highways and transportation division and is working for three months on the strengthening of the M6 Thelwall viaduct.
Sollis recently attended Atkins' Graduate Development Centre - a series of exercises, activities and interviews designed to help graduates develop their careers. He says the centre's 360infinity feedback, psychometric testing and role plays helped him draw up a picture of what he needed to do for the future.
'I found it very beneficial, ' he says.
'The 360infinity feedback told me what everyone else thought of me, what I could work on and what I'm good at - and there were a few surprises. It helped me produce a development plan and get a clear picture of my strengths and development needs.
'It came out that I'm a technical type person and need to work more on the managerial side of my training. I've produced a new development action plan that includes trying to do specific things during my working day - like being more proactive during meetings.'