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Atkins is engineering change for women


We value the different perspectives our people bring and recognise everyone for their contributions equally. That's why our vision is to see more women taking up senior roles at Atkins. We're investing in our female employees at all career stages. And as a result, we're attracting, retaining and promoting more women.

Women’s Development Programme (WDP)

Your skills, expertise and knowledge mean a lot to us. And this three-month UK programme is just one way we can help you succeed and grow. Read some of the real and lasting career changes participants have experienced:

95% report a more proactive approach to career progression
“I completed the WDP a couple of years ago – it still is the course that I remember and I recommend it to everyone who I speak to at Atkins. Since completing the training, I have gained two promotions and feel like I have finally moved on with my career.”

Over 90% feel they have improved their communication skills

50% take on more responsibility before the end of the programme
“In the 2 years since attending the course I have gone from Grade 11 to Grade 13, I have presented at an industry conference and have been nominated for an award!”

20% progress to take on new roles by the end of the programme

99% believe it will contribute to business improvements within the organisation
“Since attending the programme, my career has gone from strength to strength – highlights this year include a nine-week trip around the Atkins world… and yesterday I achieved Grade 15!”

100% stated that the programme had met or exceeded their expectations


Women's Professional Networks (WPNs)

Female employees use this friendly, informal forum to encourage gender-balance and inclusion in the workplace. Meetings are held across our offices and have featured presentations, book reviews and world café events. The networks are also great spaces to learn from and be inspired by women as talented as you.

Flexible working

We appreciate that different people have different priorities, so we're here to support you with whatever you need. And by ending the stigma that flexible working is 'just for mums,' it's become part of our team culture. Some of our flexible working policies that will help you get the most out of life, both at work and outside it:

  • Term time working
  • Home working and mobile working
  • Part time and job share
  • Sabbatical, or career breaks
  • Phased retirement
  • Buy more leave holiday scheme

Since 2012, we've seen a 74% increase in our male, part-time population. And almost half of us regularly buy up to 15 more days' leave every year.

STEM Returners programme

While this innovative programme is open to men and women – it's helping us hire talented women back from career breaks and into experienced roles. Signing up to STEM Returners is making good on our commitment to close the gender pay gap, and provide senior female role models for our next generation.Online Returners programme

This tutorial helps mums and dads stay challenged at work and happy at home. It's aimed at those returning to work after parental leave or who've been back for six months. The online course takes about eight hours to complete, including self-study and telephone coaching sessions. It helps with:

  • Boosting self confidence and motivation
  • Coping with demands of being a working parent, dealing with guilt
  • Reviewing values, priorities and strengthening time management skills
  • Techniques to help communicate boundaries
  • Find the right work/life fit through detailed gap analysis
  • Creating effective support networks at work and at home
  • Review the importance of organisational and professional visibility
  • Review and identify meaningful career goals and next steps for success.

Welfare Rooms

Across the UK, we're creating a mix of spaces to foster healthy, sustainable working and living. We've created rooms with high-backed chairs, storage and washing facilities – perfect for breast or bottle-feeding.

Signing up to what matters

AXIS Pledge
As players in the Aberdeen energy sector, we've promised to take action towards equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities.

Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter
We've agreed to strict targets that will help transform aviation and aerospace. The goal is gender-diverse teams and fairness so that women can thrive at all levels.

Women in Defence Charter
Our commitment is to be the very best at driving inclusion and diversity within our organization, enabling our female employees to be the very best they can be.

WISE
As a member, we’re joining the campaign for gender balance, from the classroom to the boardroom, in science, technology and engineering.

ClearAssured
This innovative programme and HR resource is helping us continue to achieve constructive, measurable change for all our employees.

Meet some of our inspiring women and read their stories, here on our blog.

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