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The Olympic legacy lives on

Mike McNicholas | 27 Jul 2015 | Comments

Can you believe it’s been three years since the London Olympics? Three years since we cheered Mo Farah across the finish line in the 10,000m, held our breath as Tom Daley dove from the 10m platform, and watched as Chris Hoy inspired millions of Britains to take to their bikes.

Sometimes it seems like all of this happened only yesterday. Atkins, and my, involvement in the Olympics has been a long and demanding (but hugely rewarding) journey, one that continues today through our work with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

I read an article in the Guardian recently which questioned if the Olympics are really delivering on their promises to East London. It’s a great read, but I feel they missed off one important element of the Olympic legacy – the role the Games had, and have, in inspiring the next generation.

When Atkins first started work on the Olympic Park, we realised that one of the most important parts of our role was making a real difference to the community we were working in. This is why we partnered with Citizens UK to bring in 20 interns to Atkins from East London. Eight of these young people are now working alongside me with full time jobs at Atkins.

Former Atkins interns visit the Olympic Park
Former Atkins interns visit the Olympic Park where Pathways to Engineering first started.

The internships we started during the Games are now being rolled out as a bigger programme we’ve called Pathways to Engineering. It was launched on 13 July by Mayor Boris Johnson at the Orbital, one of the Olympic Park’s repurposed buildings, as part of Citizen UK’s Good Jobs campaign.

We’re now looking to other engineering companies to join Pathways to Engineering and help us achieve our goal of giving hundreds of young people in East London engineering training and work experience, and the chance to get an apprenticeship with the UK’s top engineering companies. Together we can make a real difference and ensure that the Olympic legacy lives on through the next generation.

If you’re interested in getting involved in Pathways to Engineering email pathways@atkinsglobal.com.