Atkins Degree Apprenticeship - Mechanical Engineering – South West

  1. Nuclear

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy, with over 80 years' design and engineering expertise. Driven to discovering new ways to answer the world's biggest challenges, we help clients to bring their projects to life and make a real difference to people's lives around the world.

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 Apprentice Development Programme, you’re in great company.

Where could I work?

Location: Bristol    
Requirements: GCSE's including a B/6 in Mathematics & a C/4 in English Language + a C grade A Level or equivalent in Mathematics plus a STEM based subject (Full details)

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

Apprentices will work with a variety of teams, join us and you can expect to be involved in a variety of projects:

Based here you’ll find yourself working on projects primarily in the Nuclear industry. Some of our key projects include: The Technical Support Alliance for EDF Energy Nuclear Generation; Hinkley Point C; CGN; ITER; HMNB Devonport; AWE and Magnox decommissioning. We are looking for candidates from a Mechanical Engineering or heavily mechanical focussed background. You could work across one of the following groups;

Plant Systems and Safety: This group supports the changes to the design and operation of nuclear power plant mechanical systems. Joining this team, you could be supporting clients with safety case development, engineering design and substantiation, hazard studies, remote operation development, and new build design assessments. 

Design and Analysis:  This group specialises on stress / structural analysis and complex mechanical / offshore design. Joining this team, you could be involved in supporting clients at various stages of the lifetime of a structure from initial design and detailed design to asset management and lifetime substantiation (including life extension / re-substantiation).

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: This group focusses on the systems that manage environmental hazards within buildings and structures. Joining this specialist team, you could be involved with analysis of hazards and the design of mechanical services across a wide variety of projects.

Although you will be assigned to a specific group/team, there will be opportunities to work across the other groups in Bristol

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. Spending either one day a week at the college or doing block weeks. 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.

What are we looking for?

  • The ability to work in a team, assisting with the 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
  • To use your own initiative
  • To work across different locations on a variety of projects, constantly 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

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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