Lucinda is our Graduate Engineer, having spent time with various departments furthering her knowledge of Vital and what we do, she has expanded on her existing technical knowledge, becoming a key member of our Commercial team.
What was your background when you joined us?
I had completed a 4 year sandwich degree in Energy Engineering and was in a graduate role at Carillion Building Services having completed my year in industry at Carillion Rail. When the company collapsed in early 2018 I was made redundant and joined the graduate scheme with Vital in March 2018
Can you talk us through what you were doing initially?
My initial placement was with the projects team on site at Prince of Wales Drive. Here I supported the Project Manager and Engineer in the day to day running of the site, ordering materials, managing subcontractors etc. After 10 months I moved to the Design Department where I gained experience in carrying out the various calculations to design an Energy Centre and distribution network, as well as the various technical documents to produce.
What are you doing now?
I am now working within the commercial department which involves creating new orders, payments of subcontractors, O&M contracts, setting up new contracts etc.
I feel that I have been able to get a good understanding of various departments and how they work together to give me a full view of a projects design and delivery.
How would you say you’ve grown / What have you learned since starting at Vital?
I feel that I have been able to get a good understanding of various departments and how they work together to give me a full view of a projects design and delivery. Where I was before, it was more limited to the technical side. I have enjoyed gaining more commercial awareness and a better understanding of different factors which can affect a projects delivery and progression.
Can you talk me through the support you’ve had while you’ve been here?
On joining I was assigned a mentor – Tony Nash, with whom I meet at least quarterly to discuss the progression of my scheme and what I’ve been working on. Within each department I have had a manager/mentor who is more involved in the day to day work I carry out and helping me to ensure this achieves the competencies set out in the scheme.
What would you say your biggest achievement to date is?
Whilst in the design department I created a new water treatment specification for the business and was asked to present this to the projects and operational teams at a quarterly briefing. I enjoyed the opportunity to present my work as I was something that a lot of time had gone into.
What would you say to someone who’s considering applying to Vital through the Graduate Scheme?
I think the scheme at Vital gives a good opportunity to experience different parts of the business, allowing a graduate to make an informed career choice and develop into a well-rounded individual as a result.