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Are you interested in our UK graduate development programme? To find out if we’re right for each other, we’ve designed a process that’s easy to follow and will help you show us your best. It will be challenging at times and you’ll need to plan your time so you can give it your all. You can only submit one application per graduate recruitment cycle so we’d like you to take your time learning about us – let’s make sure the role you apply for is the right one for you.

We want you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on 0121 483 5089 or

At Atkins, we recognise our business is built from global talent and actively seek a diverse workforce. Are you studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa? Visit our FAQs page for further info or talk to us about how we can support you in.

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    • Browse the information across our careers site and utilise the chatbot functionality to assist in learning more about the roles that could be right for you. Please ensure you read the associated job descriptions for each role and sector you’re interested in as there may be exciting opportunities across a range of markets and locations that you may not have considered previously.

    • So you’ve chosen the role, and you’re ready to apply. We’ll ask you to kick things off by completing a short registration process designed to gather some basic details about you.

    • Our video based situational judgement test uses a series of multiple-choice questions and presents you with a number of different work-based scenarios. It’s been designed as bespoke for Atkins and all of the scenarios presented are based on typical situations you may find yourself in once you join Atkins as a graduate.

      As the name suggests it is a test, so it’s really important that you focus on your answers and take it seriously, as the outcome will determine whether you progress to the next stage of the process. You’ll only have one opportunity to do it - so take your computer somewhere quiet, go through the introduction guidelines and use the test question to give you a feel of what to expect.

      As an equal opportunities employer Atkins is committed to making adjustments to the assessment process. If you require any adjustments before taking any of our online tests and you wish to discuss this please contact us at

    • Here 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.

    • You’ll arrange this at a time that suits you. Here we’ll want to find out more about who you are, and your recruitment advisor will share more about the role and next stage of the process.

    • This will be an opportunity to virtually meet the team who you could be working with. This interview will be the opportunity for you to showcase your relevant skills and suitability for the role, but also to ask any questions on how the teamwork and what to expect in the role day to day.

    • 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 chance to show us your best in a series of activities as well as an opportunity for you to learn more about our 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.

Hints and tips

1) Do your research…. Find out everything about our development programme and the industry you’re 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 reference any related projects or modules you’ve previously been involved in within this subject. 

3) Take your time… Make sure you don’t rush any step in our recruitment process. You can always 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! It’s also a good idea to undertake some practice tests for the ones included in our selection process, just so you feel more prepared once the time comes. 


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