“The two-day course was held at one of our offices –– all the attendees were mechanical engineers at TfL. There were about ten of us. It was very well organised so that it seemed informal but at the same time it was very detailed. One of the things we were encouraged to think about was, ‘What do you want to gain out of this course?’ That is so important and helps you focus. The trainer explained what we were going to do, how he would slowly build the content of the course, when we would have breaks and so on. It really activated the brain.
“The trainer would take us through a section of material and then we would work through a big, collaborative activity based on that learning. That was my favourite part and what I found most useful because I learn better when things are hands-on. Activities where you are collaborating with others gets your mind going and, really, that’s what engineering is – collaborating with other people.
“As the course went on, we broke into smaller groups to work on specific areas – cost breakdown, work breakdown, ROI, MoSCoW analysis and more. It was really interesting. Everyone was very engaged and asking questions. The trainer would ask us to refer it back to our roles and check how it fitted with what we wanted to achieve.
“The last two hours of the course were dedicated to questions to ensure we understood everything that had been covered, as well as making sure it had met our requirements. Even after the course, the trainer sent out additional material that wasn’t meant to be covered, such as earned value and the BOSCARD planning tool, that he thought we might find useful. The course was very insightful."