Apprentice Structural Engineer at Atkins

Start Date:
North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£13,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2017

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Review Score

8.2 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am an apprentice Structural engineer. I work on projects with the rest of the structural team and am responsible for amending the construction drawings once the changes have been decided. I am talked through the thought process behind these changes which develops my own thought processes for certain problems that are similar. I attend monthly structural team meetings which involve discussing company news and new projects that we will be working on soon.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I am completing a BTEC level 3 in construction and the built environment as well as internal training on the software I need to use on a daily basis. I am also learning to work to the industry standards that have been set to make sure all drawings that are issued are of a consistently good quality

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Atkins. The team who I work with are supportive and good at guiding on my learning pathway. I also enjoy the way that I am learning and applying what learn to real life situations.

4. How valued do you feel by Atkins?


My manager is very supportive, I feel very involved with the projects that I work on and I am not just left to my own devices; I am guided every step of the. Because of this I do feel valued by the people I work with.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I received a full induction upon starting my apprenticeship, the college course I attend is well structured and I attend scheduled catchup talks with my mentor at college. My only negative comment is that there has been a shortage of workload recently which has left me without work in the office on some occasions. Because of this I feel as though I should maybe be given some more internal training to fill these free time slots.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I receive a good amount of support from my mentor at college. If I have any issues or queries then I go to one of these people and they have an answer for me every time.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I have my points of contact in the office for when I have a query. My manager is very happy to help all the time and the HR team are always on standby to assist me with any issues that I have

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I am only 17 so I do not have many costs, but in my opinion I believe that the salary graduates are offered here I very competitive and would cover all living costs for them. I can also claim on expenses for train fares to my college which is very useful and saves me a lot of money

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There is a local hub near our office where there is a movies gym etc, as well as many walks that I go on at lunchtime. There are not many work social activities which could be improved

9. Would you recommend Atkins to a friend?


9b. Why?

They are a good company to work for as there are many opportunities within and many different sectors that you may have the option to work for.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atkins?

-Study the company and its background -Be confident -Go into the assessment day with an open mind -When I received the job offer I would've liked to been told a bit more about what projects I might be working on when I start

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