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    • As we recruit placement students from a wide range of degree disciplines, we’ve developed a role finder that helps you decide which opportunity is most suited to you. Click here for the role finder.
    • We only accept one application from each candidate per recruitment campaign, however, you’ll have the option to select multiple business areas and locations depending on the opportunities we have available. Please make sure you read the job descriptions available to make sure you’ve selected the right choices.
    • Our entry requirements vary by role so please make sure you check the job description before applying.

International Candidates

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    • Yes - Atkins is an A rated sponsor within the Home Office Sponsorship Management system under Tier 2. This means that we can sponsor candidates from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who do not currently have the right to work in the UK but possess a valid Tier Four student visa. However, this does vary so please ensure you check the eligibility criteria in the job description. If you’d like to apply for an industrial year placement and you’re on a Tier 4 student visa, then the placement must be an essential and assessed part of your course. For further information please visit

About our placements

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    • Our paid placement opportunities are designed for students from all degree years except the final year of study and include: Summer placements – last at least 8 weeks and are completed during your longest academic break from university. We don’t have a fixed start date, but they usually run between May/June through to August/September. Industrial placements – often built into and count towards a degree course. Again, we don’t have a fixed start date, but they usually commence from the beginning of the academic year (September/October) and they typically last 12 months. The exact dates for both types of placements are to be agreed between you and the business at offer stage.
    • The structure of your placement will depend on which team you join. However, we can guarantee that you’ll be learning about the exciting world of engineering through challenging tasks and responsibilities which help contribute towards our company vision and goals and prepare you for your future graduate career.
    • Our placements are full time work posts, designed to support and complement the studies of undergrad and post grad students who are studying a relevant degree. Whether it’s spending several weeks with us over the summer or 12 months on an industrial placement, you can gain invaluable experience in the working world, equipping you with knowledge and understanding of the industry that couldn’t otherwise be obtained through academic studies alone. Plus, it’s a great way to get a taste of what it’s like to work with us!

Application process

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    • Our closing dates may vary by role, so please read the job description for details. However, we may close earlier than the specified date based on volume of applications we receive, so we suggest that you get your application in as soon as you can to ensure that you don’t miss out on your preferred role.
    • To ensure that we’re capturing all the details we need to assess your application, you’ll just need to complete our online application form, so you won’t need to provide a CV or covering letter.

Recruitment process

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    • Please contact with a brief description of the issue and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible to support you through the next steps.
    • The situational judgement test presents you with work-based scenarios in video format and you’ll be required to select the most/least likely outcome from a list of options. This test offers you a glimpse into life at Atkins and the questions are all underpinned by our key behaviours and competencies that we look for.
    • Interviews for our placements scheme usually take place between November and April. However, we do recommend that you complete your application as soon as possible as some roles are very popular.
    • We’ll let you know when you can expect to hear from us at the end of your interview. The exact timeframes may vary depending on the role you’re being considered for, but we’ll contact you by phone or email with an update, so please make sure your details are up to date in your application.
      • Yes, we’re proud to be a Disability Confident accredited employer, and we can provide reasonable adjustments to enable you to demonstrate your full potential throughout our recruitment process. We recommend letting us know as soon as possible about any adjustments you may require so that we can put them in place at the right time. Please contact us on to discuss this in confidence.
      • We want you to perform your best at all stages of our recruitment process, and can make reasonable adjustments to support this. Examples of adjustments we have 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
      • If you have a specific question related to disability, please contact All conversations will be confidential.

On-boarding Process

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    • As a placement student you’ll be aligned to a specific office but you may be required to have a flexible and agile approach to working from other offices, client sites or from home depending on the projects you are working on.

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