Atkins Degree Apprenticeship - Engineering / Safety & Asset Management - South West

  1. Security, aerospace & defence

At Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, we have a wide variety of projects big and small that you can be a part of. We have over 18,000 employees worldwide and offices across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific. Our work covers a variety of sectors including transportation, water, defence, energy, aerospace and infrastructure, and we’re proud to work with major global clients such as the UK Ministry of Defence, Heathrow Airport and HighSpeed 2.

Our work is focussed on transforming aerospace design and working with teams across mission-critical industries to contribute to the security and resilience of the nation or to exploit advanced technology to help clients to not only meet but embrace these exciting times.

Do you want to get paid for gaining a degree apprenticeship qualification with on-the-job mentoring and learning? Would you enjoy solving problems and working with some of the best minds in engineering and design? If the answer is ‘yes’, come and join Atkins as an apprentice and get your career off to the best start possible.

With Atkins, you’ll be joining a team who help to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas and by solving the engineering challenges of the future. Our apprenticeship programme will provide you with the foundations to maximise your full potential.

Brilliant minds. World-changing ideas. We’re one of the world’s most prestigious consultancies. With the Atkins Apprenticeship Development Programme, you’re in great company.

Where could I work?

Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADST)
Location: Bristol
Requirements: 5 GCSEs including a B/6 in Mathematics & C/5 in English Language and Double Science + 120 UCAS points including Mathematics and a stem related subject (Full details)

Further details of this apprenticeship can be found here. Your Learning Provider is currently outlined as Weston College in partnership with UWE but please note this could be subject to change depending on availability.

During your 5 year apprenticeship, no two days will be the same as you study and work with a variety of teams whilst developing the skills you need to enjoy a great future at Atkins. You will spend the first year at college full time and Years 2 to 5 will be one day a week at college with four days working in the office. You’ll study towards a Level 6 BEng degree qualification. Not only will you learn in the classroom, you’ll enjoy being part of the team as you will get involved with all kinds of projects and learn something new every day.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering team work on a variety of exciting projects across both the Aerospace and Defence markets. The nature of the work is extremely varied and often requires complex solutions to solve technically challenging engineering problems facing our clients. From initial design concepts for new products, to qualification testing, certification and in-service support, we are involved at all stages of a project. Our wide range of skills and capabilities span numerous disciplines including classical and finite element stress analysis of composite and metallic components, systems engineering, fatigue and damage tolerance analysis through to composite and metallic design. Whatever your passion, you will be joining a high-end engineering team working on groundbreaking projects.

Our clients across the Aerospace and Defence sectors represent some of the biggest names in the UK’s most advanced industries. Each of them faces an exciting future with potential disruption, threats and opportunities resulting from the convergence of the physical and digital worlds. Recent projects which we have supported in these sectors include submarine nuclear propulsion design, dockyard design support, nuclear handling equipment and blast doors for a new defence facility, landing gear continuous product development, aircraft wing design and certification and composite test support. Working across design, systems engineering and structural analysis, we are looking for people who are digitally equipped to face the future needs of the market.
Asset Management

Joining our Safety & Asset Management Division will mean that you are able to work with teams across multiple sectors in Resilience Engineering - making the world, systems and infrastructure Safe, Secure and Sustainable through Safety Engineering and Asset & Data Analytics.

What is Asset and Analytical Engineering?

Applied throughout the lifecycle, Asset and Analytical Engineering is a consistent, systematic and iterative process, used to maximise equipment availability at optimal whole life cost. Asset Engineering is focussed on influencing equipment design for support, such as maintenance access, use of existing tools/test equipment and facilities. Analytical Engineering is digitising and utilising complex data to support effective decision making.

What is Resilience Critical Systems Engineering?

Resilience is the capability of systems, equipment and infrastructure to protect against safety, environmental and security/cyber threats throughout its lifecycle. We analyse, assess and develop requirements to mitigate against these threats, providing assurance to our clients. A critical system is any system whose 'failure' could threaten human life, the system's environment or the existence of the organisation which operates the system.

We apply a multidisciplinary and systematic approach to our work as there is rarely a black & white solution to our clients’ challenges. Engineers from all disciplines come together to create innovative solutions, working from both holistic and technical viewpoints to capture all aspects of a client’s problem. We need engineers who think laterally, approach problems in a systematic way and can collaborate in a team with members of varying skillsets and diverse backgrounds.

One of our recent successes was the work we completed on the T7 Bomb Disposal Robot for US defence company Harris. Atkins was perfectly placed to help Harris understand the requirements of the Ministry of Defence and thus guide their transition into the UK defence market. Atkins-led trials and analysis highlighted where the T7 design could be improved and assessed how the T7 robots will be supported throughout its lifecycle.

As a member of the Safety and Asset Management team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of state-of-the-art and market leading projects within our traditional areas of Aerospace and Defence but also in the markets of Nuclear, Rail and Cyber Security. With an excellent support network behind you, you will deliver the highest quality work, develop as a professional engineer and make a real impact on the work you take part in.

What are we looking for?

• The ability to work in a team, assisting with the planning, design and smooth running of a variety of projects
• Creativity and strong communication skills
• Vision, inclusive and the drive to keep on learning
• To be reliable, practical and self-motivated
• A forward-thinking mind and the drive to keep on learning and developing your skills and experience
• Be UK mobile to work across different locations on a variety of projects
• A lateral thinker who can apply technical knowledge to analyse problems, create innovative solutions and make sound decisions and isn’t afraid to push boundaries
• Not afraid to show initiative or ask for guidance when you need it, you must be customer focused and commercially aware with a strong attention to detail

What are the benefits and rewards?

For a full list of our benefits and to understand more about our apprentice community, please click here. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to one of our current apprentices about our culture click here.

How do I apply?

Please click the apply button now to start your application journey! As an equal opportunities employer we value applications from candidates of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. For more information about our D&I initiatives, please click here.

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

For further details on our recruitment process, please refer to our website.

Our deadline for applications is 31 January 2020. Some of our programmes are incredibly popular, to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

NB: This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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