1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have already been involved in many different projects with Atkins. These include building micro-simulation models of networks. Also, I help to analyse traffic data in order to advise a better , more efficient road network.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt so much in my short time here. I am now technically much stronger, and although I still have much to learn- I am proud of my progress. I have been invited on two training courses, one in modelling and one in traffic signal training. Both have been very engaging and educational.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am really enjoying my programme so far and I look forward to a long and successful career with Atkins.
4. How valued do you feel by Atkins?
I feel very valued by Atkins, I am involved in many projects. My manager tries to get me involved in as much as possible and I also love the social aspects of the job.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The college side has been poor so far. I have only attended for one block in the past seven months. However, I enjoy the opportunities that work has given me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I haven't received very much support, however, I am surrounded by professionals who give time to me if I need help with anything. Although I am distant learning, I am only ever a Skype call away from help if I need it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lots- I am motivated by this. Training opportunities are frequent and they tend to be very informative and engaging!
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I took a £20,000 pay drop to start this apprenticeship but I am managing okay. For an apprenticeship- the salary is above average.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Lots of opportunities/ networking events are available. There are constant talks/ lectures advertised in Atkins.
9. Would you recommend Atkins to a friend?
I am here for the long term. Atkins is full of passionate, knowledgeable and helpful people. You will have a great career filled with development.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atkins?
Stay calm, ask questions. You will learn a lot! It's okay to make mistakes, just make sure that you learn from them. Be polite and respectful at all times- it's imperative to developing your own positive personal brand. ,
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