Engineering consultancy Atkins has welcomed more female graduates and apprentices than ever before.
According to Atkins, the gender ratio of 2017’s graduates and apprentices is more balanced than it has ever been previously, with 31 per cent of new graduates being female.
21 per cent of new apprentices are women out of over 350 new roles.
Speaking to The Engineer about the large amount of both male and female engineers, Nick Roberts, chief executive officer for Atkins UK & Europe said:
“Graduates and apprentices will be our leaders and visionaries of tomorrow, helping to shape our rapidly-changing and increasingly digitally-enabled world, and continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible,”
“I can’t think of a more exciting time to begin a career in design, engineering and project management.”
Despite the positive numbers and vast improvement in female engineering graduates, Roberts admitted there was still work to be done.
“Although we must not underestimate the challenge that we still face in ensuring our workforce is both talented and diverse, I’m proud to see that the steps we’ve taken to recruit a more diverse early careers workforce have shown a positive impact,” he said.
Jenny Willbourn, a current graduate at Atkins, said the company’s grad scheme gives young engineers flexibility to start their own career paths.
“I joined Atkins as a graduate because of our reputation as market leaders and the ingenuity, knowledge and dedication of our staff,” she said.
“What I like about the scheme is that we’re quickly treated as part of the team.
There has been a huge range of opportunities for me and there’s enough flexibility for everyone to shape the direction of their own graduate development.”