1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The day to day role involves working alongside engineers and the rest of the engineering team to produce deliverables for clients. I also help and mentor new apprentices to integrate them into the workplace too and teach them Computer Aided Design (CAD) which is used as a tool to produce drawings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned many new skills and developed a range of existing ones. The existing skills I have developed are my time management and organisation skills; my time management has been built by working to deadlines and getting to work on time. My organisation skills have improved by making sure I have my work and personal things organised to create a balance. One new skill I have learnt is CAD, which is a software that I use to create my designs!
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme to a great extent due to the fact that I have met many new people that have helped and provided guidance on multiple things like my career. Also, I feel that I have become an integrated member of the team which is great from the feedback that I receive.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is organised and well structured as it has a clear laid out plan on the routes that are open for me or others to take. It removes any fears or worries that there isn’t a plan on what I can do in the future with the company.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a substantial amount of support from my employer which is both in work and in my studies. In regards to work, the company help teach and guide me on the essential skills I need for the work place as well as other support systems available like mental health sevices for everyone. In regards to my studies, I receive support from other engineers on things I may find difficult or stuck on.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I receive a substantial amount of support from my training provider when working towards my qualifications as they work alongside my employer on my National Vocational Qualication (NVQ). This is to make sure that I am learning the necessary things and gaining the exposure to the right experience in the workplace.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel that the qualification that I am doing is the right one as it provides the background knowledge that I need to perform better in my role. This is quite evident in the things I am learning at the college and the work I do when they directly correlate with each other.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There are loads of extra-curricular activities to get involved in at work. Every month there are social activities held by the team for the team to network with each other and be able to speak to those that you didn’t have a chance to otherwise. The team puts toghether football teams to play each other after work too.
9a. Would you recommend Atkins to a friend?
I would recommend Atkins to a friend as it is a good company to work for. There are many opportunities within the company to move up from and they have a lot to offer. The company offers a lot to people and listens to its employees on what they want to do with their career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atkins?
One tip or piece of advice I would give to others that are applying to Atkins is be yourself. If you are genuinely passionate about engineering, bridges, waterways or the environment, then show it! Try to do something outside of work and demonstrate your interest in the field that you like.