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Our selection process aims to ensure we recruit the best people on to our apprenticeship scheme and we hope it will offer you the opportunity to showcase your talents and really shine!

The information below will explain the typical route we anticipate our applicants to go through, letting you know what to expect, at what time and what we require from you.


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Choose from four levels of apprenticeships:

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    • The Advanced level is the equivalent to 2 A level passes and to be eligible the candidate will need to have acquired at least 5 passes at GCSE level. An Advanced apprenticeship involves the apprentice working towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ and knowledge-based qualifications (such as BTEC Diplomas, Awards and Nationals) relevant to the sector worked in.
    • The Level 4, higher apprenticeship is the equivalent to a higher education certificate or diploma and a higher level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree. To be eligible the candidate will typically be required to have studied to A level or equivalent standard. The apprenticeship will involve work-based learning towards qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs and Foundation degrees relevant to the sector worked in.
    • The Degree apprenticeship is the equivalent to a bachelor's degree. To be eligible the candidate will typically be required to have studied to A level or equivalent standard. Degree apprenticeships are a new education route recently launched by the Government. They bring together the best of higher and vocational training and enables the apprentice university study as well as the invaluable on-the-job training relevant to the sector worked in.
    • A level 7 is a Masters equivalent apprenticeship, to apply for a level 7 apprenticeship you would typically need to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent. An ideal apprentice would be an ambitious and self-motivated graduate with an upper second class or higher award.
      The level 7 apprenticeship also provides a route towards the knowledge, experience and competence required to apply for recognition by various charterships such as; INCOSE as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and to apply to be registered by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our process

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    • Browse the information across our careers site and utilise the chatbot facility to help guide you to the most relevant roles. Once you have selected your preferred region and role, you’ll give us some more information about you, your educational background and core modules of your degree. You’ll then be asked to compete our long answer questions., which will give you the opportunity to showcase yourself and suitability for Atkins. As we don’t consider CV's it’s important that you take your time and ensure all the information you want captured is conveyed in this section.
    • Here your application will be reviewed by one of our Early Careers advisors. They’ll provide you with an update once your application has been reviewed.
    • You’ll arrange this at a time that suits you. Here we’ll want to find out more about who you are and how you’ve learnt from your experiences to date. We’ll also provide you with more information on the next stages and what to expect.
    • The virtual Assessment centre will be an opportunity to spend time with your recruiter and other applicants being considered for the role. This is your opportunity to show us your best in two assessed group activities as well as an interview with the business to showcase your relevant skills and suitability for the role. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the culture at Atkins.

      We’ll let you know as soon as possible if you’ve been successful in securing a position.

      Please do get in touch if you require any adjustments or if there are any requirements or accessibility needs that we need to consider, please let us know when confirming your attendance.
    • If you’ve been successful, an offer will be made to you verbally, at this point you’ll also receive a full contract outlining the details of your offer including the college that will support your learning throughout the apprenticeship.


  1.  Do your research…. on our apprentice programme and the industry you are applying to. Make sure you meet the minimum criteria detailed on our job descriptions and that you only apply to one role. 

  2. Focus your application….tailor the information you provide to the role you have chosen. Make sure your passion comes across and why an apprenticeship is the right path for you. 

  3. Take your time…make sure you take your time and you don’t rush any step in our recruitment process. You can save your application and return to it at another time.

  4. Check, check and check again – revisit your application before you submit it to make sure there are no errors and that you’ve added everything that’s required!

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