1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Construction Trainee manager, start with Daily activity briefing, to breief the lads on site to whatthey are doing today and any issues within my zone. Usually following DAB's I have a list of jobs to do i have prepared the day before, this can be from access changes to setting men to work or carrying out H&S inspections within the zone.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have certainly developed in terms of public speaking as i now take site induction and speaking infront of upto 50 people at times. My knowledge on processes within a building site has improved through being involved with the technical details. IT knowledge on LOR systems have certainly improved also. Being able to take information from a gant chart/meetings and put it into practice has been the biggest learning curve for me, initially struggling with this i now feel i have a firm grasp on the process and what is involved to hit critical deadlines in the schedule having been given an area of the zone to look after myself.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my job very much, at times it is stressful having targets to meet on a weekly basis and having to fit college work in also. However when taking a step back and looking at the project developing you can really appreciate what all the hard work is doing. In essence it is a very rewarding job.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel very valued, especially with the training programme and time taken by my peers in aiding me in my learing process. As a part of the team i feel i am relied upon to carry out my job to a high standard and in doing so I feel a valued member of the team here at Alder Hey.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
On paper the programme is very organised however there are some aspects that can be altered in my opinion. One of which is the cadet buddy/mentor system I have tried on numerous occasions to receive help from these people assigned to me but failed to get any heloful response.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider is quite good in my opinion, there are a variety of training opportunities available for cadets however i have been awaiting a placement on the 4 day IOSHH course however there has not been any available with the northwest region since before christmas. However this aside the training is second to none, in terms of cadet modules, and encouraging personal and professional help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
support is great besides the afore mentioned budd/mentor system. My line manager and team i work within have always been there to help me through and provide professional and personal support. At times it is difficult with long working hours, college and a deadlines to meet however i find compromise is the key in situations like this.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary in my opinion is not the best for the hours put in. However taking into account my age (26) and home commitments i have my salary barely covers my outgoing each month, having said this a school leaver which this programme is aimed at would find the salary more than enough assuming they dont have as much outgoing as i do, rent,car,etc. I was fully aware of the salary before i signed up to LOR and the programme. I was promosed with progression comes a pay rise therfore i was more than happy to sign up to this salary given the long term benefits of receiving this training.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Outside of work the cadets have modules to complete as a part of their training which can be great fun, especially the up coming tower build, by where each cadet is assgned a role within a team to build and plan a 3m tower.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Excellent training, with state of the art projects with the posssibiltiy to grow proffesionaly and personally throughout the LOR company. Even the opportunity to travel as LOR have sectors all over the world. Whats not to like?
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Be prepared to work hard and make sure you prioritise work load setting small time slots each week to ensure college work gets done as at times the on site work can overtake the college work if your not careful.
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