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Graduate Development Programme

Every year 300 talented people join SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business on our graduate development programme. With no shortage of incredible experiences and challenges, it’s also a great community that works hard and plays hard together.

Graduate Induction

In your first year this two-day induction gets you together with the other 300+ graduates joining the business. There are also workshops, skill-building sessions and a legendary dinner and drinks reception. 

Charity Challenge

Each year our new UK graduates relish the challenge to raise money for RedR – the international disaster relief charity that SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business patronises. It works to save and rebuild lives of people throughout the world who are affected by natural and man-made disasters.

Next year your aim will be to top last year's impressive fundraising total of £20,000.

Annual Ski Trip

Five years running our Graduate Ski Trip is the biggest event on the Graduate social calendar.

This year 110 graduates went to Morzine where they skied and socialised all day and night. There was a beer pong competition, pub quiz, mountain meal, tobogganing and a fancy dress bar crawl. There’s no better way to connect with 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!

Summer Trip

The SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business Graduate Summer Trip usually takes place over the bank holiday weekend. Last year a group of graduates travelled to Dublin to experience beautiful Ireland. This year was a visit to the iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Summer Trip Committee always has amazing activities planned in the itinerary. Adding to the comedy, this year’s trip saw Grads learning to dance like a true Scots at a ceilidh.

Graduate Forum

The purpose of the Graduate Forum is to unite the UK Graduate Community across each of the five 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 SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business. 


During your time on our graduate programme you may get the opportunity to complete a secondment or placement in a different part of the SNC-Lavalin’s 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.

Graduate Horizons

Graduate Horizons is an open community of likeminded young professionals who want to take advantage of the diverse opportunities available at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business. Whether you want to develop skills in a different discipline, explore new and exciting projects across the world, discover another office in the UK or further afield – Graduate Horizons can help you realise you next career adventure.

Sports and Social Clubs

Socials on the programme include anything from pub crawls and meals out, to karting, bouldering or ice skating. The graduate forum at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business organises annual summer trips abroad, including the annual ski trips to France.

Graduate Programme Events

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

Graduate Summer Event

At the end of the three-year programme SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business holds a summer event to formally recognise the achievements of the graduates who have completed the programme. The event features development and sporting activities, as well as an evening dinner.
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