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.

2019 Graduate Blog

13th September 2019

Integrating into the Logikal family in this first week has been a motivating and pleasurable experience. It was immediately evident to me that everyone recruited by Logikal fits a certain criteria; being technical yet warm and friendly individuals. Everyone that I have met so far at LogiKal has hugely impressed and humbled me with their abundance of knowledge and willingness to share in this knowledge. The week got off to a light-hearted start, making introductions with my fellow grads, getting taken out for lunch and even meeting the wider team over some beers from the free beer tap!

Going into Tuesday we began learning about the basic principles to project planning and scheduling. I found it interesting to explore the difference the work that Logikal does makes to clients. As the week progressed, we were introduced to some of the crucial software Logikal uses to incorporate the project control principles learnt including Excel and Primavera. Learning both theoretical content and how it is integrated into the software used to build up a schedule I found was particularly useful in bringing my understanding full circle. All the staff involved in the training courses approached the teaching in an enthusiastic manner and made me feel as though they’d be happy to answer any of my questions. This made the learning environment really enjoyable and relaxed. Whilst there was a relatively large amount of content to cover, it was hugely inspiring learning from experienced members of Logikal and has motivated me to want to reach their level of knowledge.  

Hinkley Point Site Visit

My week came to a close with a site visit to Hinkley point C marine works. This was an amazing opportunity to step into the site of one of the biggest civil operations happening in the UK in decades. It was particularly cool to be allowed to walk over the rebar of a huge concrete element that was in fabrication for the inlet and outlet tunnelling of the plant. It was evident the importance of walking and breathing in a site that you are working on and how your understanding can improve ten-fold just from talking to the people working on site. At the end of the day, there was even time for a couple of beers and the chance to explore a little bit of Bristol for which I was hugely thankful for.

– Ryan

20th September 2019

The weekend gave us some valuable time to hone the skills we had developed through week one. Dawn broke Monday and as the sun beamed through the windows, we all rolled into the London office with beaming smiles, ready to tackle the second session of Primavera training. Simba enthusiastically welcomed us to the user-friendly software and set challenges to be completed through Tuesday (greeted by rapturous applause). Though new to the software, we worked through these challenges supporting one another along the way with the help of coffee and Jammy Dodgers.

Highlighted during last week’s blog entry, the willingness of both the experienced colleagues and the grads, irrespective of hierarchy made us feel part of the family from the get-go. By going through problems and solutions, including where I myself had encountered problems and found a solution to the technical application, drummed in LogiKal’s supporting and encouraging expertise.

Wednesday brought new horizons with an introduction to project controls, touching upon valuable information including Schedule, Performance, Risk and Change Management. We delved into the arts of engineering and estimations of Cost and Forecasting which we will be developing our knowledge on in more detail, in progressing weeks.

Another P6 task was assigned Thursday which the grads unanimously knew was pivotal to development. This task was more complex and required teamwork and concentration and a never say die attitude, something the grads had in abundance. Progress was slow at times but together we made a solid effort, which I was very proud of as the pieces of the jigsaw began to fall into place.

We then went to our first monthly team meeting where the team came together, with special announcements for exceptional employee work and a chance to meet more of the LogiKal team. The meeting highlighted to us further the comradery and respect between peers at LogiKal. Pizza and free beer are always a win to end the day!

My weekly site visit was at Whitechapel station to see the development of the Elizabeth Line. Seeing the site and the progress that had been made, 8 stories below ground running one of the longest escalators in Europe and 240m of platform, was a real eye-opener for me to see the product of how numerous individuals’ hard work comes to fruition. What I found most beneficial is the explanation and contrast between what happens in the office with the software and how that translates to the development and construction of a project. Both mentors Scott and Henry were ex grads who gave insightful and comforting advice in their journey from grad to expert and was something I really appreciated.

Great week!

– Andy

Welcome lovely readers, this week you have the pleasure of experiencing a week in the life of Rizz and Ankit. After now feeling fully embedded in the company due to everyone’s outgoing and friendly nature, we cracked on with the third week of the graduate training. This week we started off learning the concept of Earned Value Management. This helped improve our understanding of performance indicators, forecasting and the impacts it has on project decisions.

Our allocated self-study days allowed us to take part in work outside the graduate training scheme in addition to the P6 and excel tasks, for example undertaking marketing research. We found these days extremely useful, providing us with opportunities to share our new skills. We were able to bond further through table tennis, fuβball and cards against humanity. (Rizz’s dark side seemed to shine with cards against humanity). We can now safely say we are a family.

The lovely Sophie taught us cost management, specifically highlighting the applicable sections to us. Unfortunately, the beer taps (which are in use after work) were under maintenance, so we had to satisfy ourselves with the free coffee, tea and biscuits on offer. Not to worry, all that sitting down will help you burn those calories! Late in the day, we were informed that there would be a new addition to our grad family.

Thursday arrived… and in walks Dimitrios, an instant hit. Nice work Will! Another self-study day allowed us to further sharpen our skills (see the image below for our newfound Excel skills), whilst the Birmingham squad attended their monthly team meeting. We bonded with Dimitrios in what seems like typical LogiKal style, after-work drinks! Don’t worry the Birmingham squad had their own pizza and drinks party after the team meeting.

Excel LogiKal Grads

We were lucky enough to go and visit Tideway for our Friday site visit. Although we heard of the project before, we were given an in-detail overview of two separate sites. Being able to experience Project Controls in action allowed us to gain invaluable industry knowledge. As per usual we ended with a drink in the pub. We love the LogiKal culture.

Another great week under our belt. Looking forward to the week ahead!

– Rizz & Ankit 

The fourth week of the graduate training started with a training session in Risk Management. This session had provided us with an in-depth and wider understanding of the process of Risk Management is, and how a risk should be assessed and the importance of having risk management within Project Controls. As our love for biscuits by my colleagues have been illustrated in previous posts, it is only right that I continue to talk about the matter. This week we discovered chocolate Digestives in the kitchen, which are basically gold dust around here – a nice little treat for us!

Our week is split between training sessions, self-study days and a site visit. With the graduate assessment in our sights, it is more important than ever that we make use of these days we have to solidify what we have learnt and in the case of P6 – practice as much as possible. In terms of P6, our colleagues here at Logikal are always more than happy to help us grads with any issues that we could have within the software – this is something I really like here at Logikal, because no matter how busy anyone is, they will always make time to help anyone out – which of course is important for our learning and progression at Logikal.

The second training session of the week was delivered by David, this was essentially split into 3 parts overseeing the following topics: An Introduction to Construction, Contract Change and finally Change Management. This session was interactive and involved many discussions on the topic.

This week’s site visit for me the most intriguing opportunity I have had to date. Dimitrios, Robi, Ryan and I, had the chance to go visit the Thames Tideway project over at Carnwath Rd office. It is truly astonishing the work that has been carried out over at Tideway, and interesting to see the inputs and planning behind each stage on the project. We also had the opportunity to view the models of the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) which is currently excavating the ground with a total distance of 25km. This project will in time, support London’s 150-year-old sewage and perform at better capacity preventing any overspill into the Thames. It is hard to grasp the complexity of the project let alone the size of many of the drop shafts that have been built for this project – 60 metres, taller than a 20-story building. What is also extremely good about this project, is that once each site is complete the area will be transformed into a public garden or walkway – this project has many benefits!

-Kajal 

The Logikal Training days have sadly come to an end. Looking back at these 5 weeks I could say I went through a journey of growth and change. Firstly, I didn’t meet only new co-workers, I met new friends and integrated into the Logikal family. Logikal is a bit like the feeling you get at Christmas when you come back home to your family and hometown: someone will always be there when you need help.

I will miss the 6:30AM alarm and rush to get to the office early in the morning, the full days of training that required at least 4 cups of strong coffee to survive, the laughs and jokes during the morning breaks, the lunch with Gregg’s Vegan sausage roll and the beers after work in the Wework lounge. Sadly, I soon have to say goodbye to all these memories.

The last week started with a very interesting overview of LogiKal’s marketing strategy delivered by our beloved Marketing chief Olivia. The following days, the other Grads and I had the feeling of “finals” and we started preparing (and panicking) for the Graduate Test taking place at the end of the week. Admittedly, P6 gave us nightmares and the VLOOKUP function on Excel was the hardest thing to address. However, we made it, we can say that we are officially LogiKal Graduates!

Finally, the last site visit took Kajal and I to Crossrail Whitechapel. I must admit it was an experience and we have to thank Henry and Scott for taking us on-site to explore the core of the new Whitechapel Tube station and Elizabeth Line. Kajal and I thought it was very nice to have the privilege to visit an infrastructure before it opens to the general public and contribute to its development. It is surely something to be proud of and we can only thank LogiKal for this amazing opportunity. However, dressed in the PPE we looked like Oompa Loompas!

Good luck with your journey at LogiKal my dear fellow Grads and thank you to all the LogiKal members for giving us the support, tips and resources to succeed in this challenging yet rewarding job.

Ad maiora.

– Robi

 

 

2018 Graduate Blog

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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