1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as a Trainee Estimator is to assist the pricing lead on tenders in Scotland/North. My day to day role is incredibly varied as I work within bid teams, often within different sectors of the construction industry. I often undertake measurement exercises, market testing and reconciliation exercises on live tenders.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My skills have grown hugely since joining LOR, mainly my construction technology and communication; also my IT skills have improved a lot due to the in house training modules in place.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot as I have a good support network from my current team and a mentor away from my day to day role. I enjoy learning new things which I am doing daily and also enjoy the modules in place through the cadet programme.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
The whole business is aware of the cadet/graduate programmes and most are willing to invest time into your learning to improve the future of the business. In the main, most people who I have worked with have invested a lot of time into my development.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Within my programme I have a Line manager, HR Rep and a mentor; on top of this I have outstanding day to day support within my team. I also have training modules to improve my other skills such as leadership, teamwork, business sense ect. These modules are testing although after every module I have come away with new/improved skills.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
LOR are the training provider (see below).
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As mentioned above, I receive a lot of support from all levels of the business and have had the opportunity to work on tenders all over the UK.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is what I believe to industry average, although within univeristy there are other contractors offering a higher salary. I believe the overall package including the modules offer more than the extra salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Within work we have team get togethers.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
The cadet programme is a fantastic entry level programme into the construction industry, on a day to day basis you will work with some of the best construction professionals within the industry. As a company who challenges the face of construction you will constantly witness industry pioneering processes being used right through from tender stage to completion.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Research the Laing O'Rourke GSR. Understand fully the role you are applying for. Read into MMC.
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