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Graduate Community

At Atkins we create a great community, with over 300 talented individuals joining our graduate development programme (GDP) each year, participating in sports, charitable and social events – achieving and having fun together. Here's a glimpse of all the fun things you can get involved in during your graduate development programme:

Graduate Induction

Each year of the graduate programme you’ll be invited to attend cohort events. In year one this is a two day induction – here you’ll get the opportunity to meet the other 300+ graduates joining the business. There’s also various workshops and skills building sessions as well as a dinner and drinks reception. 

Secondments

During your time on our graduate scheme you may get the opportunity to complete a secondment or placement in a different part of the Atkins business. If you work in transportation this could be across to Bangalore in India as well as various secondments across the UK with other business areas. Watch Craig’s (very exciting) video during his international assignment in India.

Annual Ski Trip

The Atkins Graduate Ski Trip has been running for 5 years, growing every year and is now the biggest event in the Graduate social calendar.

This year 110 graduates went to Val Thorens where they skied and socialised all day and night, with a beer pong competition, pub quiz, mountain meal, tobogganing and a fancy dress bar crawl. It’s a great way to meet your new colleagues outside the office environment and you’re guaranteed to come back with a load of new friends from offices all across the UK.  

Be sure to sign up when you join - last year’s trip sold out in less than half an hour!

Sports and Social Clubs

As part of the GDP, graduates get the chance to attend social and sport events. Each office has one to three social coordinators that organise the events for the graduates in their office and they meet every quarter to exchange ideas and gather feedback on what events to run in the future. These events include anything from pub crawls and meals at restaurants to karting, bouldering or ice skating! In addition to the office specific socials, Atkins Graduate forum organises annual summer trips to other countries (last one was in Ireland!) and annual ski trips to France each lasting 3-7 days!

This year the grads headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for their Summer trip to enjoy the comedy, plays and events taking place. 

Graduate Programme Events

In years two and three there are events to reflect on your performance and network with your fellow graduate peers:
  • GDP Year 2 event. At this two-day workshop you will be together with a group of other graduates from across the company. You'll develop team-working, communication skills and learn about innovation and client engagement.
  • GDP Year 3 event. This workshop covers a range of topics to develop your interpersonal skills, such as influencing, managing conflict and managing change. You will also consider your career aspirations and produce a personal development plan.

Charity Challenge

Our UK graduates have triumphed once again, raising an impressive £15,141 for international disaster relief charity RedR as part of the UK's annual Graduate Charity Challenge. Kicking off in October, over 260 of our newest graduate recruits took part in fundraising activities and events that helped them raise much needed funds while building invaluable networks with their new colleagues. 

Atkins is a Patron of RedR and as part of this role, a number of colleagues have been seconded to provide technical support to areas hit by natural disasters and seen first-hand just how vital a charity like RedR is. 

Since the Graduate Challenge began five years ago, Atkins graduates in the UK have raised a staggering total of £130,000 for RedR through the fantastic support of their colleagues, friends and families.

Graduate Summer Event

At the conclusion of the three-year programme Atkins holds a summer event to formally recognise completion. This event is a mixture of development and sporting activities plus an evening dinner

Graduate Forum

The purpose of the Graduate Forum is to unite the UK Graduate Community across each of the 5 businesses and to ensure every voice is heard and has the power to influence. Representatives from each business reach out to their respective communities and listen to the needs and desires of each graduate. The forum turns graduates' ideas into reality and brings about not only positive change within the GDP but also across Atkins. 

Graduate Horizons

One of the greatest things about working at Atkins is the diversity of projects, businesses and locations that we operate in and joining Atkins as a graduate is a great way to make the most of this. Whether you want to develop skills in a different discipline, explore new and exciting projects across the world or discover another office in the UK or further afield, Graduate Horizons can help you make the most of the opportunities available at Atkins. Graduate Horizons is an open community of likeminded young professionals who want to take advantage of the diverse opportunities available to further their development. By joining this community you open yourself up to a raft of advice, shared experiences and opportunities to expand your network and discover what could be on your horizon…

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