Cambridge Biomedical Campus Learning Week - Wafiq Oluokun Graduate Planner at Skanska Construction

As part of CBC Learning Week, here is a piece from Wafiq Oluokun, a Graduate Planner at Skanska Construction who is currently working on the new Papworth Hospital, ready for it to open in Spring 2018.

Name: Wafiq Oluokun

Born: 14 September 1993

Originally from London, born and raised. 


Richmond Upon Thames College (A-Levels)

- Maths

- English (Lang + Literature) 

- Critical and Contextual Studies in Art (focusing on the built environment and architecture) – where my passion developed.

De Montfort University (Leicester School of Architecture) 2012 - 2015

- BArch (Hons) which was comprised of these modules: Concept + Design, Technology, History and Professional Practice


I developed a keen interest in the built environment from an early age; upon finishing school in 2010 my first live introduction to this was working as a labourer on various home renovation projects. 

I began my role as a Planner on the graduate scheme with Skanska in September 2015.The scheme is a graduate level role which balances the main role (planner in my case) with a number of ‘development modules’ catered specifically for the graduates to enable us to develop into competent managers and leaders in our respective fields. 

Project management & leadership development is one ‘module’ consisting of a number of courses, training and extracurricular activities we had to participate in parallel our day to day roles on our projects. Varying is styles and content from management training to understanding risk & opportunities.

The scheme lasting 2 years, will come to an end in September 2017. The completion all of the modules and competencies assigned within the time period ensures that I gain the required attributes to succeed at a higher level.  

The graduate title is removed as I am promoted to a senior role within my department; the next steps would be to gain full chartership within my relevant professional body as I look to continue my personal development.

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