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Rich Day, Consultant, Atkins



Business area: Business Consulting
Years into GDP: 2
University and degree: The University of Southampton, Physical Geography (BSc).

Can you briefly describe your role and what you do?

I’m a consultant on the Junior Consultant Development Programme (JCDP). I’m currently the Change and Engagement Lead on the 30 Hours Implementation project at the Department for Education. This involves leading on change management for the 30 Hours Free Childcare Implementation for the Eligibility Checking System and engaging with the 152 Local Authorities in England. This engagement ranges from facilitating workshops, organising and conducting webinars, visits and telephone calls.

I produce daily dashboards for the clients which are used by Ministers at the Department for Education as well as providing updates on how ready each Local Authority is in regards to the policy starting.

What’s been your highlight on the graduate development programme so far?

I really enjoyed being involved in the ADS&T Engine Rooms initiative. The aim of the Engine Rooms was to drive innovation by identifying great ideas that Atkins staff had or solutions to our client’s problems. We would then provide the expertise, time and investment to make these ideas happen. It’s great to see now that we’re starting to generate revenue because of some of these great ideas.

What social, society or CSR activities have you been involved with at Atkins?

I was a RedR Graduate Team leader. This involved managing several teams of new Atkins Graduates across Atkins who were working together to try and raise as much money as possible for RedR. I’ve also been involved with Corporate Charity races such as the Standard Chartered’s 5km race.

What’s the culture of Atkins like?

The culture of Atkins is extremely collaborative and friendly. The culture here really encourages development and opportunities. People work together to progress in their careers.

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