Rail apprentices at Atkins can now achieve Engineering Technician (EngTech) status. The scheme, which is run by Atkins’ Rail Communications Systems, has been formally recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Says Philip Parker, head of design for Atkins’ RCS business, ‘Our scheme is designed to provide apprentices with the technical skills and knowledge they need for a successful career in the rail industry so we are thrilled that it has gained IET approval.
‘This recognition shows that the training we provide our apprentices with is of such a high calibre that they can use the qualifications they gain as full competence evidence for EngTech professional registration which provides them with more opportunities.
‘Since gaining IET approval five of our apprentices have received EngTech status. I’d like to congratulate James Winson, Andre Blackwood, Sean Doherty, Chris Bailey and Alex Sammut on this important milestone.’
John Beattie, IET technical training advisor emphasised the importance of the scheme: ‘IET approval is only awarded to organisations that can demonstrate they provide the high quality learning and training experience for their employees, enabling them to go forward to EngTech registration.
‘This achievement will help Atkins demonstrate the professionalism of their workforce and help the individuals on the scheme meet their personal goals and ambitions,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Atkins has welcomed one of the largest intakes of young people in its 75 year history, with more than 400 graduates and apprentices joining its business. The 330 graduates and 75 apprentices will fulfil a wide variety of roles, from engineers, environmentalists and management consultants to scientists and planners.