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Civil and Structural Engineering Placement Scheme 2023


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Transform our urban legacy

We are Atkins

With us, there's always something interesting for you to get involved in.

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.

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 and Faithful+Gould, you'll be in great company.

Your role

Join us as a Civil or Structural Engineering placement student and be part of a team of big thinkers. Across Cities & Development, Energy, Transportation, Water or Environment, you'll decide where you want your career to go.

What you do will be essential to us, supporting the technical aspects of multidisciplinary design projects. And you'll be making a sustainable difference to people's lives all around the world, shaping cities, reimagining transport and transforming nuclear energy. At the same time, you’ll develop highly sought-after industry skills.

Where you could work

As a Civil or Structural Engineering placement student, you'll enjoy variety within your role. Working on big and small projects experience different areas, such as consulting, design, or overseeing construction. You can join the following business areas:

Help us reimagine our places and spaces, from transport-hubs to university campuses, industrial facilities, and critical flood defence schemes. Across all our markets, we touch every aspect of the social and economic framework.

The type of work will include creating specialist civils drawings, detailed tasks/design and client-facing roles on some of the industry’s most complex civil engineering projects. You'll be sharpening your skills on the latest digital technologies while pressing towards a carbon-neutral future.

Our teams:
Asset Planning & Solutions
Industrial placement locations: Birmingham, Bristol
Summer placement locations: Birmingham

Building Structures
Industrial placement locations: Bristol, Epsom
Summer placement locations: Bristol, Epsom, Leeds, London, Warrington

Civils Infrastructure and Water
Industrial placement locations: Birmingham, Epsom, London, Warrington
Summer placement locations: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Epsom, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Swansea, Warrington

Civils Major Projects and Structures
Industrial placement locations: Epsom, London, Warrington
Summer placement locations: Belfast, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, London, Warrington

Ground Engineering
Summer placement locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Croydon, Edinburgh, Epsom, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Warrington

Tunnelling and Underground Space
Industrial placement locations: Epsom, London
Summer placement locations: Epsom, London

Water Management Consultancy
Industrial placement locations: Birmingham Bristol, Epsom, Oxford, Peterborough, Swansea, Warrington

Nuclear and Power
Industrial placement locations: Bristol, Epsom
Summer placement locations: Bristol, Epsom

Join the teams that have been engineering, delivering, managing and decommissioning nuclear facilities worldwide for over 20 years, from new builds like Hinkley Point C to on-site engineering for clients such as EDF.

We're driving evolution in the areas of offshore generation and transmission, energy from waste, electric vehicle infrastructure and the integration of smart grid technology. And we're also proud to play a part in reaching net-zero by 2050.  


By combining traditional engineering and new innovative technologies, our teams make journeys easier, safer, and more reliable while supporting a greener and more productive society.

Our work spans the full transport ecosystem, across Bridges & Civil, Highways, Rail, Central Rail Systems Alliance, and local transport. You'll feel a sense of pride working with our clients such as Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London to name a few.

Our teams:
Bridges & Civils
Industrial placement locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Epsom, Swansea, Swindon, Warrington
Summer placement locations: Cambridge, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Croydon, Newcastle, Stockton, Swansea, Warrington, York

Highways Infrastructure
Industrial placement locations: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Epsom, Gloucester, Leeds, Manchester, Swansea, Warrington
Summer placement locations: Bristol, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Epsom, Glasgow, Gloucester, Manchester, Warrington

Pavements and Structures
Industrial placement locations: Cambridge
Summer placement locations: Cambridge

Strategic Advice
Industrial placement locations: Birmingham

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.

How do I apply?

Please click "Apply online now" below to register your details and start your application journey. 

As a Disability Confident Employer, we’re able to support you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: April 6th, 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £21,255 - £24,856 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • 8 weeks -12 months
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Leeds, London, Warrington, Belfast, Derby, Exeter, Glasgow, Swansea, Cambridge, Cardiff, Croydon, Edinburgh, Oxford, Peterborough, Chelmsford, Swindon, Newcastle, Stockton, York, Gloucester and Manchester
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Civil
  • Infrastructure
  • Structural

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