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Atkins welcomes latest Middle East graduate intake

The consultancy has added 20 graduates to its Middle East Graduate Development Programme, bringing the total cohort size to 70 people

Following its latest intake, Atkins’ Middle East Graduate Development Programme now boasts a 70-strong cohort.
Following its latest intake, Atkins’ Middle East Graduate Development Programme now boasts a 70-strong cohort.

Atkins has welcomed 20 fresh faces to its Middle East Graduate Development Programme.

The latest intake brings the consultancy’s graduate cohort to 70 in total.

The new group, which comprises 12 different nationalities, will gain experience working on Atkins’ projects across the GCC, operating from offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar.

Commenting on the latest intake, Simon Moon, Atkins’ CEO for the Middle East, said: “We’re only in the fourth year of running our graduate programme in the region, but it has already made a tremendous impact on the business because of the quality of fresh thinking and ideas which each new joiner has brought with them.

“The first thing I urge them is to be curious, and don’t simply accept established ways of doing things. They have a vital role to play because they’re blessed with open minds and a different way of looking at the world. We want to make the most of that as a business, and we welcome being challenged to keep pushing the boundaries so we can keep delivering successfully to our clients,” he added.

Atkins stated that graduates have already earned an impressive reputation for adding value to its business in the Middle East. The company offered the example of a second-year graduate who spotted an opportunity to improve its analysis of technical date – a move that resulted in savings of more than $1.5m for Atkins and its clients.

Through its Middle East Graduate Development Programme, Atkins supports its graduates on the path to professional chartership, with regular training and mentoring. Participants are also able to rotate across technical areas and business functions in different locations and projects in order to develop and apply their skills.

“I tell everybody that the Middle East is the most inspirational place in the world for talented, ambitious professionals in our sector,” said Moon. “That’s doubly so for our graduates because of the scale and complexity of projects they’re exposed to at such an early stage in their careers.”

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