Placement / Internship

Digital and Technology Placement Scheme 2023


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Digitally transforming our future

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, you'll be in great company.

The Placement Programme

The Industrial Placement Programme will see you work on a series of rotations during a 9 – 12 month period. Each rotation will help you gain insight and experience in a different area and within different teams, helping to broaden your horizons.

We operate as T-shaped consultants meaning that first and foremost all members of the Digital Advantage team, regardless of specialty, are wide-breadth consultants with people and stakeholder skills at the core.

All Digital Advantage consultants will then have specific specialisms from Data, Security, Applications, Cyber and in this instance, Business Analysis and Solution Architecture skills and experience.

A Dedicated Development Pathway

During your role with our Digital Advantage Team, we will aim to develop your current studies and interests in line with our business development and client projects. Along the way you will pick up several skills and opportunities:

  • Business Analysis: Work alongside our Business Analysis team, working on real-time customer problems using a variety of tools and techniques ranging from User Experience, Requirements Engineering, Stakeholder Analysis, Business Process Modeling and an opportunity work with a variety of data.
  • Designing Tomorrows Technology with our IT Architects: Working alongside our Solution and Enterprise Architects, help design, plan, implement, and govern enterprise information technology architecture using the very latest industry tools and methodologies.
  • Placement Challenge: With a joint Young Professional team you will work throughout your year with other likeminded individuals solving real world problems, with topics such a as Net Zero, Sustainability Management,
  • Digital Energy Consumption and researching trends and technologies identified by our senior market analysts.
  • Learning & Development: During your stay there will be opportunities to attend dedicated training courses in line with your projects and first hand access to a wealth of online training material.

Where you could work

Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T)
Industrial year locations: Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester
Degree requirements: On track to achieve a 2.2 Bachelor’s or above in Business Computing, Applied Computing, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Information Communications & Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Physics

As an Industry Placement student within Digital Advantage, you’ll work on a variety of projects across the breadth of our Markets: Aerospace, Defence, Energy, Government, Infrastructure, Security, Transport, Utilities, amongst others. You will solve real business problems, applying a human touch, and utilising appropriate technology to enable progress.

We are diverse in our thoughts and challenge the status quo to truly understand the root of problems, utilising a range of techniques to support clients understand their current business, as well as work with them to advise and lead improvements to their future business endeavours.

Our collective skills in supporting our specialised disciplines means we can deliver holistic ownership in supporting solution design, applying best practice and appropriate frameworks to meet requirements.

Our success lies in a cohesive appetite for integration across the Atkins businesses, working to define and align effective and evidenced based, business, technology strategy and transformation.

To do this, you’ll have all the tools and support you need to succeed. You’ll find everyone here is willing to pitch in and help, because we all want you to succeed, and we’re ready to help you grow.

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

Our deadline for applications is Thursday 1st December 2022. Remember, our programmes are incredibly popular, and some roles may close early. So, avoid disappointment by getting your application in as soon as possible.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: December 1st, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £21,255 - £24,856 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • 9-12 months
  • Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Software

Also Accepting...

  • Most Engineering disciplines

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