1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm an MEP (Mechanical and Electrical) Cadet on the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail Project. I study at university 1 day a week and 4 days working on site. I'm mainly based in an office, however always have the opportunity to go on site. I am currently working on a 'Key Date' exercise which requires me to ensure the MEP team are completing everything required for our hand over dates. This is a difficult task but certainly a great experience at the same time. I would recommend this scheme to anyone I know who are studying areas within the construction industry at School or College. I'd rate this scheme 9/10 due to university not being well organized, however this is down to the university, not Laing O'Rourke.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed many skills such as confidence and social. I have also learnt a huge amount of new skills within this industry. I will receive a Bachelors qualification in either Mechanical or Electrical principles at the end of this scheme.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I get along well with my team. I enjoy the work as a whole, there are only very few areas I could fault. The scheme met and exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
Laing O'Rourke are a very good company to work for. They look after you and your wellbeing. There are also a huge number of benefits working for Laing O'Rourke, as you will know if you have researched.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is a lot of work to do within this scheme. It is not a breeze by any means. This is not a bad thing, though. I will always be busy, and sometimes have too much work to do, however this is what your team is for. The team are very supportive. You need to ensure you have enough time for university work, for both inside and outside working hours.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I haven't yet asked for help from my training provider. I do, however, know they'll be there whenever I need them.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am always receiving help from my Managers. They are a huge part to the scheme so it is best keep them on good terms.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
100% of my travel expenses are paid by Laing O'Rourke so I need not worry about them. I own a car, pay bills and have a Girlfriend (we all know they're the most expensive bill!)and I get by with plenty of spending/saving money for the rest of the month. There is also a pay rise at the end of each semester, dependent on your performance.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are loads of voluntary opportunities out side of work. You will find you don't have a huge amount of spare time outside of work, with university work etc. but it is good to make time for these when possible.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
As stated above in my experience.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Research Laing O'Rourke so you have a good understanding about the company. Speak to current employees of the cadet scheme and see how they find it.