The first ex-MG Rover workers have started their new jobs after one of Birmingham's major employers threw them a lifeline.
Atkins is offering more than 120 permanent Midlandbased jobs to people made redundant from the collapsed carmaker, with other jobs available on Atkins' sites around the country.
The first three are in place, with others due to start soon. Two of the trio were MG Rover apprentices who have been able to carry on their training with Atkins.
Joe Kamara, aged 21, was a business technician apprentice in the sales and marketing department of MG Rover when the company collapsed. Now he works as a trainee junior consultant in Atkins Highways & Transportation in Birmingham. He is doing a BA (Hons) degree in business management.
"When MG Rover collapsed I still had a year of my apprenticeship to go and I thought my training would end there and then, but I found out about the Atkins opportunities at a careers fair and they've been fantastic, making sure I am able to continue my training at Wolverhampton University," he said.
Andy Gubbins, aged 22 was also a business technician apprentice at MG Rover, hoping to move into the logistics department.
Now he is a project planner with Atkins Rail, and has just finished his BA (Hons) degree. He is now taking further training in project management.
Darren Guy, aged 27, had worked at MG Rover for ten years and was a principal engineer in the programme delivery department. He is now a design engineer for Atkins in Tamworth.
Highways and civil engineering specialist Atkins says it is still looking to recruit ex-MG Rover people with technical and engineering experience for jobs throughout the region.
Atkins is part of the Atkins EDF Energy Consortium which has been short-listed as a bidder for Birmingham City Council's prestigious £2.2 billion Highways Maintenance and Management Service PFI contract.
Atkins EDF Energy Consortium bid director Matthew Elson said Atkins was offering high quality, well paid technical posts.
"These are not temporary contracts or minimum wage jobs. They are skilled and professional positions. We are looking for mechanical engineers, process engineers and plant engineers as well as other construction and technical positions. Although MG Rover people are unlikely to have precisely the skill sets we are looking for, they will have the engineering basics and will respond to our training programmes," he said.