Graduate Profiles

Hemmings Moyo
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After I had completed my studies in Quantity Surveying at the University of Salford, I took the time to research various companies that offered graduate schemes best suited to me. McNicholas was my ideal choice in terms of offering the opportunity and diversity of various types of projects to be involved in.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

I have found that the graduate scheme has offered me the opportunity to gain knowledge/experience within and across a number of different fields through fixed placements. I like the idea of moving around the business understanding how all elements come together to achieve a desired result.
In addition to this the scheme offers me the opportunity to progress my career and develop my capability and accreditation by gaining Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors status.

How does it work for you?

During my first 6 month on the placement I have gained knowledge in communication departments/projects and to understand how to avoid making big mistakes which in turn may be costly for the company. I have found my colleagues to be extremely supportive and they have assisted in providing me with the relative information I need to conduct my daily duties. In addition I have been given an insight on the technical aspects of a communications project.

Six months on I am now looking forward to the next stage in the scheme where I will be joining Source Design which will give me a different perspective in the design business compared to the hands on site experience I have had in the last 6 months working within the communications division.

Luke Denham
Why did you choose McNicholas?

Having previously completed a yearlong placement with McNicholas, I was offered the chance to join the graduate scheme. Having enjoyed my time here so much I decided to take up the offer.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

Although the work is fairly similar to what I was doing previously, I have been given a much larger role now that I am on the graduate scheme rather than just a placement. This has included being given an entire project to run as Project Manager, another project to take over as Civil Engineer and a further project to complete a full TOPO survey for.

How does it work for you?

This has been very enjoyable as although the support is always there when I need it, I have largely been left alone to complete the tasks given to me in my own way. This has allowed me to put what I have learnt at university into practice and make my own mistakes.

The scheme has worked really well for me so far, I have been to various, interesting sites around the country, had experience with rivers, railways, tunnels, roads and been given meaningful and important roles in the projects that we have undertaken.

Lewis Hipwell
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After graduating with BEng in Civil Engineering I looked at a number of graduate schemes and decided on McNicholas due to the scheme they offer providing the opportunity to work across a variety of disciplines within construction and infrastructure industry.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

So far the graduate training scheme has been fantastic, I have only been on the scheme for 6 months but I have already had the opportunity to take on a number of different roles. These have included assisting with the production of Health & Safety documentation, the undertaking of engineering surveys and completing the corresponding reports whilst taking on a project management role for the entire construction phase of a small project.

How does it work for you?

My Line Manager has been extremely supportive and helped me to tailor my placement to what I desired to gain and as a result, I have already gained a great deal of experience to begin working towards completing the Attributes required for my Chartership with the ICE.

Monsur Haran
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After graduating, I wanted to be able to continually develop my knowledge as well as practical capability through working on real project activities. I have found that with McNicholas being a Multi-Utility organisation I have been able to find projects that are diverse and I have developed my competence whilst carrying out day to day work.
This was further emphasised when the Graduate Program was explained to me during initial stages, where within 24 months I would have experienced working in all the major areas of the business allowing me to gain a full understanding of McNicholas, how it drives the business and finally allowing me to choose a sector where I will be comfortable working as a permanent team member.
This development programme was ultimately a key factor that led me to choosing McNicholas and having now come to the end of my first placement, my expectations have been exceeded.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

I have found the training scheme to be challenging at times due to the projects and associated workloads with their strict deadlines whilst having to grasp new concepts and yet I have been able to learn as I have gone along and improve on completing tasks to the level required developing my capability and competence.

How does it work for you?

There are many benefits with respect to our Graduate Training Scheme. I have been able to interact with the previous intakes of Graduates which has been hugely beneficial in terms of any questions I may have about moving forward. We are all a part of the Graduate Innovations group which allows all Graduates to openly discuss new and innovative ideas that ultimately help McNicholas drive forward and push the boundaries in running the infrastructure. Additionally having Barry McNicholas our Chief Executive heading the group and the Business Strategy Director and other key McNicholas personnel attending meetings when we invite them has motivated us all to branch out and explore new ideas of innovation - an example of this has been contacting our Universities and becoming a part of their Research and Development programs to understand what technologies are being used in the market and how they can play a part at McNicholas. So I can say that despite busy work schedules I have been constantly challenged within this training scheme and look forward to upcoming work.

Amy Gaughan
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After completing my studies in Civil Engineering at City University, I researched a number of companies and decided on McNicholas due to its well-known name and wealth of experience within the construction industry.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

McNicholas offers a graduate scheme that is rare to find, providing graduates with the opportunity to experience a variety of departments and master new skills. It also emphasises the importance of female engineers, encouraging them to enter a male dominated industry. McNicholas provide training and support for graduates wishing to pursue Chartership, which is another reason why I chose the role.

How does it work for you?

Despite only being 6 months into the scheme I have learnt so much already! I have gained extensive experience on site, undertake surveys, and assist in everyday tasks based either on site or in the office.

I have found all staff to be extremely supportive and helpful through my placement encouraging me at every step, and by carrying out placement reviews every 3 months this has helped me to appreciate my progress, evaluate the areas that need work on, set targets, and make plans in order to achieve those targets.

Suraj Rai
Why did you choose McNicholas?

First and foremost, as a growing company, a company with a history of its kind, a company with multiple business units working all over the UK and Scotland in exciting and challenging projects have been some of the major attractions in choosing McNicholas.
Likewise, during the recruitment process, the McNicholas Assessment Day had a huge influence in choosing the company as I was able to find more about the company, the works they do, their major clients, and its friendly and welcoming approach. During the interview, it gave me further more opportunity to directly talk with my potential line manager to find more about specific areas of works and interests which I instantly figured where I could fit and be a valued asset to the company.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

What stands out about McNicholas’s Graduate training scheme compared to others is the rotational placements among the businesses which I think is very beneficial towards your personal and career development. By end of the scheme, you are fully exposed to all areas of the constructions from planning to production. This year the ‘Innovation Group’ has been established within the company by the graduates with guidance from Business Development Director where new ideas and innovation are discussed and implemented to the business. This is not only beneficial to the company but for our own creative and innovative development which is now one of the key attributes sought in the industry and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). This eventually ticks most of your attributes that are required to demonstrate in order to be successful in the Professional Review.
In terms of the support and guidance throughout the scheme, I have a mentor/supervisor who is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer with whom I can discuss my progress either one to one or with other fellow graduates in a quarterly meeting or when necessary.

How does it work for you?

To be able to choose and work towards your goal independently and support from the company has been a key factor. As a civil engineer, a sound knowledge of construction process and site experience is vital to me so beginning of any operational, design or civils placement where I could possibly get those experience, I tend to tell them what I really look forward to involve and things I want to get out from the placement which have helped me tremendously.

Hannah Kelly
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After graduating with a degree in Geography I knew that I wanted to focus my career within the environmental sector. Having gained experienced working within different areas of the construction sector throughout my studies I established my focus. I found the idea of working within the environmental sector of construction exciting as so much development has and is yet to take place.
I chose McNicholas due to its reputation within the market. With sustainability sneaking up on the agenda of many clients, the dominance of sustainable thinking is becoming more apparent within the construction industry. Therefore I felt that McNicholas would be the perfect place to develop my environmental skillset.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

Graduate schemes have always appealed to me after completing my undergraduate degree as the best way to learn the ropes in a previously unknown area of construction. The McNicholas scheme has not let me down with this assumption. The opportunity of completing the graduate scheme allows me to learn the operations of each part of the company before finding the area I would like to specialise. So far I have developed my skills through working periods in Business Development and Procurement whilst holding a permanent place in the Safety and Sustainability Team. The flexibility of the scheme allows me to work with an environmental and sustainability mentality whilst gaining knowledge of different areas of the business. I have felt a welcomed member of the team since I have joined. Working amongst talented colleagues has encouraged me want to take on responsibility to display skills which I have learnt, and to become a valued member of the team.

How does it work for you?

This placement seems to meet all my desires to developing a career within the industry. I am encouraged to go into different departments to embed environmental and sustainability issues to increase awareness and knowledge of a positive change culture. Since joining I have felt supported by my line manager and others in the team, who positively encourage me to push myself to achieve greater personal goals and self-development. As a whole I feel a valued member of the team which is motivating to achieve more throughout my time of the graduate scheme.

Richard Matkins
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After graduating from the University of Brighton in Electrical and Electronic Engineering I wanted to pursue a career that would practically use my knowledge and the skills I learnt in my degree. I chose the construction path due to the hands on aspect of it but I did not know exactly what part of construction I wanted to be in. McNicholas works in a wide range of the construction industry including; communications, rail and utilities. So McNicholas sounded like the perfect place for me to begin my experience in the construction world.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

The graduate training scheme is perfect for me, it allows me to see all sides of construction from design and procurement to construction. However the real plus point is that it is accredited by the Institution of Chartered Engineers, which means it will help me massively in reaching my goal of becoming a Chartered Electrical Engineer. The scheme also puts you through a large amount of training which has really helped me grow as part of the company and also as a person. Overall the scheme is well organised to provide you with a broad understanding of each part of the company and then how they work together as a whole.

How does it work for you?

Eight months into the programme and my experience at McNicholas has been nothing less than brilliant. I feel like a have been very much welcomed into the McNicholas family as everyone including the senior management is very friendly and approachable. In each sector I have been trusted with responsibilities allowing me to be a true contributor to the team, which is very rewarding. The other graduates and I have also been tasked with creating an innovation group, allowing us to help McNicholas using a fresh pair of eyes, it is a brilliant chance to put new ideas to the company and also learn from mistakes of the industry. I would highly recommend the graduate scheme to anyone coming out of university!

Alistair Affoo
Why did you choose McNicholas?

McNicholas offered an appealing graduate scheme with the opportunity to work in various exciting fields in the construction industry. Based throughout the UK, McNicholas employees work from London to Scotland, Northern Ireland and are even integrated into their client’s offices such as Network Rail, which is an exciting prospect. They also offered placement into their in-house design team which was particularly attractive from my personal experience in electrical design with the added opportunity of exploring fresh business areas.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

The scheme is an appealing option for a recent graduate, giving many opportunities to build your professional career. One of the important aspects of becoming a professional is working towards chartership which McNicholas has been supportive of, which is promising. From the first week we felt very welcomed, sharing time with many of the directors and company heads. We have also been tasked with an ongoing project for the CEO, which allows our ideas and opinions to be shared and heard.

How does it work for you?

The scheme has worked well for the initial eight months and I look forward to a future with the company. They have arranged training to ensure our competence in our areas of work. I’ve been exposed to various roles where I can contribute my time and skills. I’ve worked with very friendly and interesting people. I’ve been challenged and continue to expand my knowledge and skillset. I feel valued.

Andrianos Tzionis
Why did you choose McNicholas?

After my Graduation from Northumbria University in Quantity Surveying and Project Management it was time to find the right job that suited my qualifications and expectations. I came across various graduate schemes which I applied for. The key element that helped me to decide that McNicholas was the ideal company for me and my future career was the friendly and family environment that exists within the company. McNicholas is proven to be one of the best companies to gain a wide range of experience in different fields within the construction industry ensuring the best future for you.

What do you think of the graduate training scheme?

You can find McNicholas Graduate scheme in several well known job search websites. The Graduate scheme is well aligned to fit the expertise and expectations of the graduates. The opportunity for graduates to work alongside all the various departments gives us the chance to see the importance of each and every department. Graduates are the key knowledge links between the various departments and personnel of the company.

How does it work for you?

So far I have gained valuable experience in Estimating, Procurement, Demobilisation of Contracts and in Business Development. Almost eight months in the program and everything is amazing, the knowledge I have gained has helped me to meet both McNicholas’ and my own personal expectations. The mentoring and support from the colleagues is amazing, I believe in return I have managed to bring value to McNicholas and the departments I worked so far. I am grateful McNicholas gave me the chance to gain valuable knowledge and are helping prepared me for the next level of my Quantity Surveying APC Pathway for my professional Chartership Accreditation.