1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a construction process engineer, this role entitles creating 3D models of projects we are tendering for. From these models I can quantify the project (i.e. m3 of concrete in walls, m2 of formwork etc.) and create visualisations in the form of animations and still photographs from the model. I have worked on a broad range of projects including swansea tidal lagoon, oxford westgate and northern line extension which all have project values of £200m and over.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
When starting the job I had no experience in the construction industry or with the 3d modelling software used however this was never an issue. Once I had started with the team I went a wide range of training courses for the software in addition to health, safety and behaviuoral workshops. In addition to my professional development I have developed on my personal skills, this includes: my confidence when interacting in meetings and conferences; presentation skills and my time managment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme for many reasons the department I work in is both challenging and enjoyable. In addition to this the cadet programme meet up quarterly for a number of training and team building events.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
This is one of the strongest points of the programme, the company seem to have the view that if you're good enough you are old enough; there seems to be very few barriers in the way of development when on this programme and the staff around you are always very positive and understanding towards those on the programme.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is a very well structured programme with a very strong week long induction in addition to the quarterly modules which provides training, team building and boosts general morale. There is no structured exposure to other departments to assist the indivual in all round development but you can move department if you push for it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My university where I study has a wide range of support from both staff and peers, it also has a great understnding of the difficulties of studying and working at the same time. I am also provided with a lot of training support internally through the programme as well as the digital engineering team I am working in.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
When starting the programme I was assigned a line manager, a 'cadet buddy' and a mentor. The cadet buddy is a colleague who is also on the programme but a few years ahead who is willing to help with anything related to the programme. The line manager is there to assist in day to day work in additon to career progresiion and finally the mentor is there to also provide greater support towards my further career development and professional qualification.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary package does cover my costs especially as they are also funding my university study. I have also seen an increase in my salary since starting so if that contiues it should be sufficient to cover my costs in the near future as I begin to move out.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Laing O'rourke offers a substantial range of oppurtunities outside of work, some of the activities which I have taken part in include: Digital engineering 'away days' which brings all digital engineers from across the UK to share ideas and intitatives. I have also been to school career days to share my experiences both on the programme and in my day to day work; I also partake in a 5-a-side football match every wednesday against other departments.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Laing O'Rourke offer a range of career development programmes from apprenticeships to graduates to managment development programmes. They are one of the most innovative companies in the industry with new modern methods of construction being developed constantly.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
The application process can be quite difficult with a number of stages but as long as you are confident in your own ability that will shine through. Experience within the industry is not necessary as long as you are aware of the few key ethics of the company including health and safety.
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