1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an aprrentice bricklayer, and my role is to integrate myself within the bricklayers gang and work with them and learn the various skills, technique and general knowledge of the trade.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt various skills during my 4 years as I bricklayer, obviously the main thing I have learnt is the techniques of bricklayers and become fluent in my movements with a trowel and various other tools used by bricklayers on site. Also general site knowledge but I have also developed my people skills and how to address the different people within the site hierarchy.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I mean in terms of it being a "programme" I don't really see it as that. Day to day it's basically just working for me, I don't see any special treatment, which in a way is good for myself because I've learnt the hard way things work on site and things haven't just been given to me. I've had to work hard to get the approval from the blokes I work with.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel that I've made myself valuable to company, in terms of that things I have done outside of work. I worked hard at college and I became one of the best students in my class both practically in the workshop and in the classroom. And I have been able to take part in competitions because of that, where I have be able to represent the college and Laing orourke as a company. I think that's what has changed for the better with the Laing orourke apprentice programme. When we started we was told that we were so valuable and that we would receive this and that afterwards. But now that's not really what will happen, the apprentices will have to work hard to be valued on this company and things won't be handed to us anymore.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I believe that the programme itself in changing but is has always been well organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I believe that they are always there to help the apprentices.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I believe that they are always there to help the apprentices should that need it
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It's good, it increase every year. But I feel it would be better if your line manager would be able to take you off of the apprentices rate and on a higher rate should you prove that you are able to do the same work as the other workers
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Sorry but I don't know what opportunities you would be referring to.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
It's a great company, the wage for an apprentice is great the it's a great company to work for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Be entusiastic! Learn the history and that values of the company and just show to them that you are will to work hard and strive to be the best at what you do!
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