Graduate Blog

Every year our LogiKal graduates programme takes in graduates from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Our graduates receive world-class training, providing an in-depth and comprehensive programme of activities designed to help our graduates develop and grow. 

Would you like to find out more about what life as a LogiKal graduate is like? Click below to read what our grads had to say during their first 5 weeks.

7th September 2018

Throughout the first week at LogiKal, one of the overarching themes I noted was the degree of time and effort which has been invested in our program, really giving us the sense that we were in good hands. At LogiKal there is a focus on creating a positive and friendly work environment which I thought was typified at the beginning of the week, with activities centring around getting to know my fellow graduates, including being taken out for lunch. Later, we met many other members of the LogiKal team, including graduates from more recent years, all of whom were keen to offer any help or advice at their disposal to all of us.

Moving through the week, we were introduced to both the fundamental building blocks which make up LogiKal’s specific approach to project planning and controls, which I found particularly interesting as it gave me an insight into what makes LogiKal’s approach unique. We were also introduced to key pieces of software used in the trade including Excel and Primavera P6, which were taught by highly knowledgeable and active members of the LogiKal team. In keeping with LogiKal’s pro-active and high paced approach, on the Friday of week one, I travelled to Birmingham in order to visit one of the HS2 North main offices, giving me not only a first-hand perspective of the work the company does, but also lending context to the theories I learned during the preceding week. Other graduates visited large infrastructure projects including the Crossrail site, and the HS2 South offices at Euston. By the end of the first week, I was left with a firm grasp both of the nature of LogiKal’s capacity as a consultancy, and as an exemplary working environment for it’s employees.

14th September 2018

The second week began with a further introduction to P6 Fundamentals which we had been briefed on in the previous week. We had an intensive day learning about setting a baseline, creating/assigning roles and resources and lastly reporting and printing in the appropriate format for clients. The process although very detailed was explained and reviewed, with plenty of time for questions. We were then handed the LogiKal Schedule Development Exercise to read over and understand before we were given time to begin the subsequent day. We took time to work in teams as well as individually to encourage the generation of ideas and support each other with the programme requirements. Between working we took short breaks with our other colleagues in the office playing table football and going out to get lunch. Doing these small activities further allowed us to learn from each other and what we were currently working on.

The week progressed into an introduction to Project Controls where we developed our further understanding of the key skills and requirements needed to provide the quality and defined scope required on a project. In brief this further included an introduction to earned value management, principles of risk management, cost engineering/forecasting and change management. This overview was particularly interesting as it developed the detail required to provide insightful data to be used by management. Towards the end of the week the graduates were shown how to search and construct market research specifically for their industry sector. This was an exciting prospect knowing that we would likely be supporting LogiKal with future business prospects while working alongside senior management in developing this key segment of the business.

On the Thursday evening the graduates planned a social event at the Knights Templar on Chancery Lane, where we enjoyed learning more about each other as individuals and what interests and hobbies we are involved in.

The week finished with a variety of site visits, specifically I and two others were sent to Thames Tideway where we visited their main site at BMB Tideway West and Putney. Both had significant challenges which were very interesting and worthwhile seeing first hand and through the LogiKal team we met. The work being done there was fascinating and thoroughly impressive from a variety of project controls aspects, risk management and the implementation of performance dashboards.

21st September 2018

The third week of the LogiKal Graduate Development Programme began with a day course on Earned Value Management. In the morning we were given a thorough presentation on Earned Value Project Management. Throughout the day we participated in various workshops, from creating Earned Value curves to using the Performance Measurement Baseline. Although the concepts were new to all of us, the teaching was detailed and informative and the workshops were very collaborative. There was plenty of time for questions throughout the day, and at the end of the session, together we summarised what we had learnt. Although the day was challenging due to a number of new terms and techniques to learn, it was enjoyable to work together as a team.

On Tuesday, we attended a Profile and CV build session. We were taken through how to create a professional profile page about ourselves which will be given to prospective clients. It was interesting to see a variety of CV formats and how each graduate had included a variety of different qualities on their CV.

On Wednesday, we visited a number of different sites that LogiKal is working on. Myself and another graduate went for an introductory meeting with LogiKal colleagues at the Birmingham office to get to know them better. We then visited the offices of LM working with HS2, where we saw first hand how the work of LogiKal greatly benefits their planning controls. The work was very interesting and was thoroughly impressive from a variety of project controls aspects, including consent from stakeholders and the implementation of performance dashboards.

On Thursday, we attended a training day on Strategic Consulting Skills held by LogiKal’s Chairman. Throughout the day we created and presented a number of presentations in the smaller groups, of a role play scenario of how we would present to a client. The day greatly improved my presentation skills and concluded in a number of personality tests. It was interesting to see how different our personalities were, and how each individual complements one another.

On Friday, we attended a Cost Management training day. We were taught a variety of topics including; investment appraisal, cost estimating, cost controlling and cost reporting. It was interesting to see some real-life examples of costing in a LogiKal consultant’s role, as we viewed Cost Dashboard for the London Tideway project.

Week 3 was very varied in terms of the different training days. It was great to feel increasingly more integrated into LogiKal and attend the monthly team meeting held on the Thursday. It was interesting to meet many new colleagues at LogiKal in a social setting and to see how the company is moving forward.

28th September 2018

On Monday we had an introduction to construction and engineering. It was a useful and informative session designed to give us all foundation knowledge of activities which might be occurring on site at any given time.

We spent Tuesday looking at Risk Management which although slightly more theoretical, gave us an understanding of what is involved in assessing and responding to risk within the framework of project management.

Wednesday was a big day as we reviewed the Schedule Development Exercise we had started working on in the second week. Over the course of the day we undertook different activities to assess our own work, this was a great learning tool, which allowed us to look at not only the planning and software skills but also our interpersonal and presentation abilities. I thought it was fascinating to see how all the graduates approached the task differently, it certainly offered a different perspective which I might not have seen otherwise.

On Thursday, we were given a more thorough and focused overview of Change Management. During this session, there was a decent proportion of time given for discussion within the group, I really think this is an important learning tool to use when being introduced a complex concept such as change, because it encourages you to think more for yourself, rather than just learning from notes.

During the scheduled site visits on Fridays, I have been keen to get to know the consultants who have been assigned and learn from their perspective how everything we learn is applied in practice. In this way, I have gained an even better understanding of LogiKal’s influence upon clients’ activities. On my first site visit I was lucky enough to see the HS2 Enabling Works and was amazed to see how many activities and how much data must be managed for only small a part of the project, here I really saw the value of LogiKal’s contribution to project management. At HS2 I also got an insight into Dashboard Reporting & Analytics using Power BI, a powerful piece of visualizing software which LogiKal are using to effectively communicate their work. During my visit to Crossrail, the introduction to construction course I had done came in very handy, as I was able to identify several of the engineering processes which the contractor was carrying out.

5th October 2018

Monday was a self-study day although not less busy than the other days, it consisted of revising the training manuals and working collaboratively with the other graduates, explaining key concepts to each other. This was a useful learning environment in preparation for our end of training evaluation. In the second half of the day I worked on developing my Oil & Gas industry knowledge to update our CEO and MD.

On Tuesday we were introduced to some Data Analytics software used by LogiKal, including SQL and Power BI, which are used to assist us in the quantification and display of data. In tandem with this, we were given an overview of data management from an extremely competent member of the team. On Wednesday, I undertook the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test, an essential part of becoming a successful consultant as it gains you access to the sites upon which you may be doing planning.

On the Thursday of this week, all the graduates undertook an end of training evaluation, which broadly covered all the different themes we had learned over the preceding 5 weeks through a variety of testing formats. This final assessment was a great opportunity to prove what we have learnt throughout the training programme, and to highlight our strengths.

All of the grads, myself included have really enjoyed the different aspects of the training which although a steep learning curve, has hugely increased both our confidence and capabilities in a wide variety of areas preparing us to join LogiKal consultants and start working on exciting projects.

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