News releases 2016
Atkins and Citizens UK launch 2016 Pathways to Engineering programme - 15 November 2016
Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, has launched its 2016 Pathways to Engineering programme. Run in partnership with Citizens UK, Pathways to Engineering provides engineering work experience, training and support to young people to help them jumpstart a career in engineering, with all students given the opportunity of an apprenticeship with Atkins on successfully completing the programme.
The launch event at Atkins’ London office introduced over 70 students to the engineers who will be leading the skills sessions in their schools, as well as Atkins apprentices who have previously gone through the Pathways programme. The students, who come from London schools and colleges including Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College, Mulberry School for Girls, City and Islington College, City of Westminster College, Leyton Sixth Form College and Green Spring Academy, will be provided several employability and engineering sessions throughout their school year, giving them the experience and empowerment they need to apply for work experiences and apprenticeships with companies like Atkins.
Tess Lanning, director of Citizens UK’s Good Jobs campaign, said: “Too many young people are struggling to access decent training and work opportunities, with the problem most pronounced for those that don’t follow the traditional route to university. The commitment of employers like Atkins enables us to provide practical solutions to this problem by creating new high quality training pathways into good jobs for young people in London.”
Edwin Nganga, teacher of computer science, engineering and ICT at Leyton Sixth Form College, said: “As a STEM assured college we need to connect what we teach to practical application in industry. One of our objectives is to work with businesses so that students can understand why they’re studying. Often, students don’t connect what they’re learning with how the concept can actually be used in the real world, until they get first-hand experience with an engineering company like Atkins. A few hours with engineers can be worth more than a whole day in college. The students come back energised – they know there’s a career out there for them and a reason why they’re pursuing their subject areas.”
As part of the Pathways to Engineering programme, the students will form teams to complete an independent project looking at how engineering could be used to solve a problem in their local area. The teams will pitch to judges from Atkins in a Dragon’s Den style session, with Atkins and Citizens UK selecting an overall winning team.
Notes to editors:
Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.
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