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Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years' design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll join a team of people who ask questions, who dare to see things differently and want to build a better world.  

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Hear from one of our Apprentices: The best decision I’ve made in the past 3 years. - YouTube

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The best thing about being an apprentice is of course the no university fees but also gaining on the job experience whilst I learn. This makes everything that I am learning at college make sense as I can see real life examples as I work. Being an apprentice is a great profile raiser as already I have much more industry experience than graduates taking purely the academic route. Read Jamie's blog on the Work+ website here

Jamie Sterritt
Degree Apprentice

Leaving school after my GCSE’s to become an apprentice with Atkins was the best decision I made. I have gained lots of valuable industry experience, learnt a lot of new life skills and made great new friends whilst still progressing my educational background just without the debt!

Scott Ullmann
Advanced Apprentice

A bit MORE about us...

Who we are

In Northern Ireland we are over 150 engineers, scientists, modelers, transport planners, environmentalists, quantity surveyors and other built environment professionals delivering consultancy services such as design, construction project management and infrastructure planning to range of public and private sector clients across a range of disciplines: water, transportation, environment, energy.

From January 2022 we will be moving into our new offices in Great Victoria Street directly opposite where the new Transport hub will be located.

Our apprenticeship programme has been designed to give you an insight into the huge variety 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. You’ll work towards your professional qualification; whichever path you take, your future starts here. 

Find out more about why we believe ‘Different, makes a difference’  

What we do

Join our Apprenticeship Programme to be a part of the future of design and engineering. From designing end-to-end project solutions to pioneering new technologies and ways of working, everything we do supports our goal of delivering outstanding project outcomes.

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.   

What you’ll be studying

Based in our Belfast office we have an apprenticeship opportunity within our Infrastructure and Transportation business area. Please click on the link below to understand in more detail about what the apprenticeship involves:

Level 5 Degree Apprenticeships: Civil Engineering – Belfast

To learn more about this apprenticeship please click here

Academic Requirements: 5 GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language and Maths, or equivalent and minimum tariff of 56 UCAS points at GCE/VCE A Level, to include Grade D in Mathematics or Physics.

You’ll be working in the Infrastructure or Transportation business area. Please note that further information about this business area will be discussed with you at telephone interview stage.

What you could be doing

You’ll also get support from our leaders, technical specialists and your own dedicated mentor. Our framework for continuous learning and development will support you as you grow. Together, we’ll do amazing things where you’ll have the opportunity to be part of a team of big thinkers. Not only will you gain valuable 'on the job' experience and work towards professional qualifications but you'll also earn a meaningful salary from day one. Our apprenticeship programme is well established and is designed to give you maximum exposure to different experiences. You'll get to share your thinking, test your ideas, and start focusing on the work you enjoy most whilst supporting the technical aspects of multidisciplinary design projects. 

You'll be making a sustainable difference in people's lives, shaping cities, reimagining transport and transforming nuclear energy. And with the choice to work across Cities & Development, Nuclear & Power, Transportation, Water or Environment, you'll decide where you want your career to go.

Here’s what your role as an apprentice would involve:

  • Developing your skills in a wide range of exciting projects

  • Learning about project lifecycles which in turn will allow you to support your team.

  • Learning and using relevant design software

  • Being involved in client meetings and assisting in building key client relationships 

  • You’ll get to understand and learn digital skills to help us harness technology in new ways

Please click here to watch a video from one of our current apprentices - Katrina Ho to learn more about life at Atkins as an apprentice. You can also read our apprentice blogs on our website.  

Watch an interview with one of our apprentices here The best decision I’ve made in the past 3 years. - YouTube

Read a blog by one of our apprentices here

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.  

What you’ll need

  • An interest for working in a consultancy environment

  • Embracing 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 complete your apprenticeship programme and seek out development opportunities within a supportive team

  • Motivation to achieve a professional qualification 

  • Comfortable to embrace digital ways of working and learning new technologies

Employee Benefits

At Atkins we believe in supporting our Apprentices on their combined employment and academic journey. You will be assigned a work mentor who will be able to support you day to day with your development. You will also have someone to support you through your professional development aligned with the Institution of Civil Engineers training scheme. You will be joining a cohort of around 10 other apprentices who are there to call on for information.

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: 

  • 33 days annual leave, including bank holidays. You also have the option to buy an additional 15 days or sell up to 5 days

  • Flexible working arrangements  

  • An enhanced maternity scheme and family friendly policies 

  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing you with immediate and confidential help for any work, health or life matters 

  • Two paid annual volunteer days to be used with a charity or STEM initiative of your choice 

  • 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 

  • Opportunities to further develop yourself by applying to our Women’s Professional Development Programme and ethnic minority Empowering Programme 

To view all available benefits, visit our Total Rewards portal

As a Disability Confidence Employer, we are 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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