Trainee Quantity Surveyor at Laing O'Rourke

Start Date:
Manchester North West
Programme Type:
Sponsored Degree Programme
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
January 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


As a trainee Quantity Surveyor my monthly commercial cycle includes; Forecasting figures for the folloing month, reviewing figures of the previous month, valuing sub contractor works on site then paying the subcontractor, I track how much we spend on labour and checking the productivity of the labour and see if we can reduce labour costs..

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have developed my communication skill with people on a professional level in order to get my point across. I have learnt the day to day role as a Quantity Surveyor and how it links in with the Project Team.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoyed the cadet programme last year becasue we met up each quarter with our cohort and did various activities that wasn't directly linked to our day job. This year we only meet up once a year so I don't notice as much that I am on a training programme it is more just full time work like anyother job.

4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?


I feel valued at work.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The Cadet Modules last year were very well organised by the Caet Manager. There was a good balance of fun and work. We have not met up yet this academic year so I can't comment.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I feel like I am now well supported in my day job.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I feel like I am now well supported in my day job.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Last year I had to move away from home as there wasn't any work in my region this meant I had to pay for accomodation in Manchester. I didn't earn enough to live off which meant I had to use my overdraft/ credit card. This year I am now on mobility which means I can claim my living costs back from work.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?



9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?


9b. Why?

I think it is a great training programme if you live at home. The idea of an employeer paying for training and a wage is very good.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?

Try and travel and explore the world first before starting a full time job as it is a long time before you get the oppertunity to take a few months off to go travelling. I would say get as much work experience as possible before applying, it makes your application stronger and you also have an idea what the job entails before committing the next 5 years to it.

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