1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I currently work in the Digital Engineering department, working in the Work Winning side of the team. This involves working to deliver BIM on live project tenders for Laing O'Rourke. Projects vary from small school to large infrastructure projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnel. By implementing BIM on bid's I am able to work with multiple disciplines and understand their role in the bid production. A BIM model, is a 3D representation of the project, which can have collaborative data embedded into the model which can be used and extracted by various stakeholders in the process.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a huge amount from my role within the team, including exposure to aspects of a project shared by other disciplines such as planning and cost estimation. I have also learnt valuable management skills through management of the BIM aspect of the bid.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy working on the programme, and the company are hugely supportive of the trainees and offer guidance and tuition should you need it. Working at university as well as work, enables parts of my degree to compliment work I am doing at work and visa versa. The programme has exceeded my expectations for level of support and exposure.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I have found that 'you get what you put in' with LOR, it seems that with hard work comes good recognition and praise. I have found that from the offset LOR and its employees have been hugely supportive of newer trainee members of the team and offer support where needed. I have had a huge amount of exposure, and feel that my work is hugely valued by the bid team I work with - and that each member of staff I encounter enables me to become exposed to enough work to stretch me. Which I enjoy.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel that the programme is well organised. However, because we were the fist cohort of Cadet's it would be understandable if we were used as 'Guinea Pigs', but that is not the case. Modules are well thought out, and the content is relevant. There is plenty of support from Cadet managers, who can offer guidance, for study/work balance, and have put the correct measures in place to allow Cadets to excel in their role, as well as have acces to senior members of the business.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My university are hugely supportive of my Part Time degree and often try to link university work into my job role.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer are hugely supportive, and offer all the help I require, as well as understanding the amount of work involved. They will allow me to use study time and get work for university completed on time. HR have been supportive in getting university bills paid on time.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The package is good. However, there was little transparency around how this package was set up. The pay scheme is good, as it is reviewed every year - which is good as I have progressed, as I was looking to purchase a house and car etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
LOR is heavily involved in events such as careers fairs, school events etc. and we are encouraged to support these and offer guidance to those looking for a career in construction. There are often company social events, either organised by the company, or by department. I think we may also get discounted gym membership.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
LOR is a good company for those early on in their career, as its employees appreciate the new generation of employees and offer support and guidance - while allowing you to become who you want to be.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
LOR will give you what you put in. Hard work is rewarded well and the benefits are second to none.
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