1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am procurement Trainee. As past of my role I am required to perform background checks on Sub-Contactors and compile data bases such as Tender Lists. I have also constructed sub-contracts as part of my training.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have continued to increase my communication skills and boost my knowledge of the construction industry. I still struggle to keep up sometimes with the jargon but I'm certainly getting there. As part of the scheme I am attending University, however it is defiantly limited with providing knowledge and skills compared to working in the industry. I have also completed multiple BIM Course's which is becoming more important in the construction industry now due to government intervention.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I like the program to a large extent. The other Cadets are a laugh and it is not strictly regimented. The program is very relaxed as is the office environment. The teams that you work with will always be willing to help.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel that I am a valued member of the team. I mean, I'm not the Coffee boy or running errands. I am given more responsibility and tasks which are important to the projects which I have worked on.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure is clear and the program is clearly set out form the word go. The support given in directing and successfully managing your time is invaluable. There are regular meetings which are informally or at least for me they were just to keep track of how we are doing. It looks at stuff like Uni and training, but also if we have been given enough challenging work to test us and keep us engaged on the program.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The staff that you will work with offer help whenever you need it. I have not met anyone who has not wanted to impart wisdom or offer help. The Cadet Buddy is also a readily available resource that you can use for help without the need to be embarrassed, they were a cadet too.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My Mentor and Manger are one in the same and their help has been invaluable in getting settled and then also learning. They were available at a times and did not patronize over questions that I deemed would come across stupid.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The Salary is fine. Not being at University full time I found that I did not spend as much as I may otherwise had done. I have been able to save a great deal and have not had any issues with regards to costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of things going on around the company all you need to do is get involved get out there and ask. There is a mandatory one day volunteering which is part of the companies policy not the cadets but its fun to get stuck in.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Because it is a great opportunity to get into an amazing industry, get a degree but also hold a job at the end. Begging you career. If you want a career in construction or even if you are unsure I would urge you to consider a career with Laing O'Rourke.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
For the begging of the process. prepare example of team work and the like. Just practice and prepare interview technique its all very important especially with the group interview you should try to get everyone involved and not become the overly dominating person trying to show leadership. Remember Health and Safety is the one to consider for your answers.
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