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Armed Forces Reservists

As an engineering consultancy, our people are our greatest asset, enabling us to take on some of the world’s most technically challenging and time critical projects.

Amongst our people we have a growing number of Armed Forces Reservists, ordinary people who give up their time to train and serve alongside the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Royal Marines.

Being an Armed Forces Reservist demands high levels of commitment from our people, and so to recognise and complement this, Atkins first signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in 2014.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge of support for our people who choose to be Reservists, and commits us to sustain and enhance the ways in which that support is demonstrated.

Atkins' UK & Europe CEO Nick Roberts explains the value of Armed Forces employees:


Supporting our Armed Forces staff
In December 2015, at our inaugural annual Reservist Conference, we launched our Partnering with the Armed Forces programme to better support our Armed Forces staff and promote wider Defence engagement.

This new programme encompasses a number of project streams including Armed Forces advocacy, improved HR support for Reservists and ex-Service personnel, recruitment of Service leavers, graduate and personal development and the UK Defence enterprise skills agenda.

Being recognised as an Armed Forces friendly organisation
In November 2014 we were recognised for our commitment to the Armed Forces community with one of the Ministry of Defence’s first Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Awards. One year later the Ministry of Defence awarded Atkins’ commitment and advocacy with one of its coveted Gold Employer Recognition Scheme awards.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme awards were launched in 2014 and include Bronze, Silver and Gold tiers. We received our awards for a number of reasons including the guidelines and policies we have in place for our Reservist staff, our support and promotion of Reservist initiatives and charitable activity, and our signing of the Armed Forces Covenant.

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