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We love STEM because it gives young people big futures, and also makes the world a better place. Many of today’s children will need to be tomorrow’s innovators – the engineers who solve the impossible and build the unimaginable. Yet currently in the UK we have a massive shortage of engineers. So through our Year of Engineering campaign, Atkins is hoping to inspire Britain's young, creative minds to start thinking and asking questions about STEM careers like engineering.

Children never stop creating. Just like engineers!
Children just naturally enjoy building, working things out and experimenting with the world around them. We believe every child should have the opportunity to carry this love into their careers. So we’ve created ‘Engine Ears’ – an animation aimed at primary-aged pupils, to get them thinking about what engineering actually means and how exciting it really is:

Did you know that…. 

• We have over 500 STEM Ambassadors motivating young people to choose careers in STEM
• Our Atkins STEM Ambassadors have attended over 300 events in the last year
• Our Atkins staff have used almost 1,000 volunteering leave days over the last 12 months

Watch this short video explaining how Atkins is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers through STEM networks in schools.

Atkins - Inspiring the next generation of engineers:


Bring your Child to Work Day

We recently welcomed a few new faces to our offices in the UK, although they were a little younger than the average Atkins employee. On 6 April, more than 250 young people across 16 offices took part in Bring Your Child to Work Day - an event coordinated by our STEM volunteers.

The students who were aged between 6 and 12 years old, joined their mums, dads, aunties, uncles and family friends on their daily commute and spent the day learning about what an engineer is and all the different roles associated with engineering.

They took part in a whole range of fun activities like building earthquake proof spaghetti towers, racing balloon cars, designing sports for disabled people and building newspaper hotel, as well as shadowing their family member. 


 Our interactive STEM Lab

Have you heard about our amazing STEMLab in Epsom? It’s designed around kids’ natural curiosity. This interactive space gets children out of their shells, experimenting and learning about design, engineering and construction. It’s a place where they can take what they learn at school and apply it to real life projects!

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