Being a Graduate Consultant

Annabel Clark
Being the next generation, Faithful+Gould are helping to shape the future experts within the construction industry through their Graduate Development Programme.

Our graduate scheme opportunities are now open. Not sure what role to go for? Here is my experience of working within the Strategic Asset Management team.

After completing my A-Levels in Geography, History, Theatre Studies and English Literature, I went on to the University of Bristol to study Environmental Geography (BSc). My Atkins journey began in 2013, within the Development Services Team in Exeter, working on air quality, acoustics, contaminated land and building services. In 2014, I joined the Contaminated Land and Hydrology Team, in London, getting involved in office and site work including risk assessments and ground investigations for Thames Water and National Grid. I joined the Faithful+Gould, Strategic Asset Management (SAM) team in April 2017 and have focused on BREEAM environmental assessments, asset and facilities management consultancy. This variety of work has provided me with valuable experience and opportunities to improve my consultancy offering.

Effective communication is required to ensure service delivery aligns with client’s expectation.

I really enjoyed the culture and my work within my previous teams so was keen to remain within the Atkins group. Faithful+Gould offered the opportunity to work in a technical consultancy with experts in the industry. The SAM team offered me the opportunity to work in consulting, sustainability and the built environment.

I work mainly on The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) projects - an environmental assessment method for buildings. We are currently involved in projects within the defence, education, public and commercial sectors.

The main challenge of the job is chasing for the BREEAM evidence requirements from the design team, client and contractor. Effective communication is required to ensure service delivery aligns with client’s expectation.

Accreditation for sustainability is a high priority within the construction industry. BREEAM is designed to help mitigate the environmental impact of buildings through appropriate design, construction, refurbishment and management. The assessment method encourages clients to fully embrace sustainability and sets the standards for best practice in sustainable design and environmental performance. The team also work within asset management and facilities management – the way that property and real estate are managed are vital to an organisations’ success. All of these focus areas are growth sectors for Faithful+Gould.

Accreditation for sustainability is a high priority within the construction industry.

In a short time period, my role on BREEAM projects has grown from inputting to others assessments, to leading management of client relationships, independently representing the team at design meetings with key stakeholders and reporting on commercial delivery.

Faithful+Gould offers such varied opportunities with a range of projects and training is prioritised. I have enjoyed gaining responsibility and working in a motivated team of individuals. I have been provided with great role models, fantastic training and experience.

The SAM team is full of motivated individuals, creating a supportive environment to learn. The team encourages a good work life balance with challenging work, a supportive team and team socials.  

Since joining Faithful+Gould I have been involved in hockey and touch rugby. In 2016, I went on the Atkins ski trip to Les Arcs for a week. Team socials have included breakfast, darts at flight club and drinks at the pub!

To find out more about the graduate scheme and the other roles that are on offer click here.

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