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The candidate's story

Job Title: Engineering

Company: Arcadis

Arcadis hosted 16 paid six-month internships during 2017 and 2018, in Engineering, Architecture, Administration and Project Management.

The 10 candidates in the first cohort had previously participated in a Transitions workshop with 10 Arcadis staff members drawn from the Arcadis talent acquisition and learning & development teams. At that workshop, the Arcadis staff came to the view that the Engineering and Business skills and experience of such candidates were ones that the business potentially needed. So ten six-month paid placements were created for the candidates to provide local experience.

The candidates  included Fire Engineer (Syrian, worked on Burj Khalifa in Dubai, using International Standards) , Engineer Project Manager (UK Masters),  three Building Services Engineers, each with over a decade experience of using British Standards as well as American Standards,  a Libyan Civil Engineer with 6 years’ experience working on International projects,  an IT Engineer with experience in three countries,  three early career Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineers and an Engineering Administrator with 25 years’ experience in Sri Lanka.

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The employer's story

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Arcadis, a leading multi-billion pound design and consultancy firm for natural and built assests. The firm has a record of  successfully hiring refugees in Germany and the Netherlands. In the UK Arcadis worked with Transitions London CIC to create an ambitious positive action Traineeship programme – starting with an event where refugees met with Arcadis talent acquisition and learning & development teams.

Working together, Arcadis and Transitions developed a handbook to clarify traineeship aims and objectives and the mutual roles of Transitions and Arcadis staff. Arcadis went on to provide 6 month paid, supervised roles for 16 people, each relevant to the person’s skill set and the Arcadis business.. The internships were in engineering, architecture, administration and project management. CPD opportunities were made available and advanced Business Communications Training was provided where required.

On an ongoing basis Transitions supplied co-ordination with HR and monitoring and guidance for each candidate. This included reflective learning and journal support.

“The Arcadis staff came to the view that the Engineering and Business skills and experience of such candidates were ones that the business potentially needed.”

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“Half of the first 10 interns were hired on permanent contracts by Arcadis and four of the remaining five found professional contracts in London within six months. Arcadis plans to continue this program with Transitions.”

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