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Human Factors Placement Schemes 2022

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Are you ready to be part of a well-respected team with a solid reputation in the design, engineering and project management industry? Join our Placement Scheme where you'll gain exposure to complex work, receiving all levels of support from line managers to senior leaders.

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While you grow in areas that excite you, we also encourage you to maintain a positive work-life balance. So, during our recruitment process, tell us what matters to you. Speak to us about how we support wellbeing in and out of the office – including different ways to be flexible around work. Let's also talk about some of our recent pledges for Women's Equality and how we're Disability Confident and an Inclusive Employer.

With Atkins, you'll be in great company.

Your Role

As a Human Factors placement student you’ll help to support the delivery of a variety of engineering and multidisciplinary designs across a range of challenging and exciting industries; including Nuclear, Rail, Oil & Gas and Aviation.

You’ll help us to deliver outstanding projects that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world and the users within it. We’re looking for new team members who are keen to take their passion and qualifications in Human Factors and Ergonomics to the next level, where our training and exposure to ground-breaking projects will help you develop highly sought after industry skills.

Where you could work

As a placement student you could work at the following locations:

  • Industrial placement locations: Bristol, London, Warrington (halfway between Liverpool and Manchester)
  • Degree requirements: On track to achieve a minimum of a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors, Ergonomics, Psychology, Design, Engineering, or Human Biology.

Based at our multidisciplinary engineering and design offices, our Human Factors and Ergonomics team members are located perfectly to provide services to clients in a range of sectors, including Nuclear, Rail, Oil & Gas and Aviation. Some example projects you could be working on are: Hinkley Point C (HPC), nuclear power station decommissioning, High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), signalling control room design, offshore platform design, airport design projects and many more.

Being part of a large global Human Factors and Ergonomics team, you will be supported and mentored as you gain experience in deploying a range of methodologies, such as: task analysis, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, human error analysis, control room design, workload assessment, safety critical task assessment, etc.

About you

We’re not all the same, and that’s our greatest strength. Different views and opinions enhance our ability to provide value-added performance and better services for our clients. That’s why we believe different, makes a difference. Reaching your full potential means being able to bring your whole self to work and being respected for the different opinions, strengths and experience you bring.

Our placement scheme has been designed to give you an insight into what it’s like to work with us and the chance to explore where your own skills and interests lie. Through a combination of on-the-job learning and practical skills development within your chosen role, you’ll work on real projects from day one that offer scale and variety collaborating with others and creating meaningful impact on the world around us. Whichever path you take, your future starts here.

What you’ll need?

  • An understanding of the consultancy environment
  • To embrace equality, diversity and inclusion in everything you do
  • A desire to work collaboratively with a curious approach, challenging yourself to find new solutions
  • Enthusiasm and drive to develop your skillset and seek out development opportunities within a supportive team
  • Motivation to achieve professional accreditation (where applicable)
  • To be comfortable embracing agile ways of working and learning new technologies

Meeting your needs

We aim to promote a workplace which allows our people to perform at their best. So, as well as ensuring you’re rewarded for your efforts, we also have a variety of initiatives in place to create a healthy workplace and support your well-being to include:

  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing you with immediate and confidential help for any work, health or life matters
  • Join any of our employee networks for social interaction, peer support and personal development, as well as contributing to the development of policies and working practices

In addition to the above, our top performing placement students (who’ve completed at least 8 weeks on placement with us) have the opportunity to be nominated onto our Graduate Development Programme.

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Opportunity Overview

  • January 7th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 1 Year
  • Bristol, London, Warrington and Aldershot, Hampshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical
  • Nuclear

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