1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am training to be a Quantity Surveyor which involves mainly 2 aspects, the legal side and the financial side. A day to day activity would be getting to the office around 8am and checking/answering emails until around 9am. From then on, you can complete a series of activities such as dealing with PMI's (Project manager instructions) which are a variation to the project; Checking a subcontractors payment application to ensure they have completed the work they are claiming for and then officially paying them.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am training for a BSC in quantity surveying at London Southbank University which will completed on a part time basis with in 5 years. I have also experienced real life work, working with all types of people both younger and older, I have embarked in different training courses such as health and safety and digital engineering training schemes.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The program is important, not only for career purposes but also life skill reasons. When I started, I didn't know anyone, I didn't know much about quantity surveying, I was unaware of the responsibilities I was about to take on. So far, I can't fault it, the team have been very supportive, answering any queries that I have, there is always someone looking out for me and helping me if im not sure how to do something. There is also an excellent social side of it with team drinks arranged through out each month.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
When I piece of work is completed and it is up to standard, you will be recognized for your efforts. We celebrate good work and therefore I feel very valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction explained everything I needed to know to start. Including what I should be expecting, what the year will be like, what sort of jobs I will be carrying out. Speaking to a current school or college leaver was very helpful to, to understand how they felt when they started. The structure is very well organized, 5 years including 2/3 meet ups with the rest of the year you join with. Organization charts show exactly where you sit in the company and the study is also organized through university.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
This answer has been covered in 6b. However, from before I even started in the job I received work books and emails helping me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have 3 points of contact, a manager, who is very supportive and always asks how I am getting on, A work buddy, who I was partnered with when I started which is very helpful to ease into the work force, and a school or college leaver manager, who is in charge of the program and answers and queries I have that may not be specifically work related.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
To start, the pay is basic, however, the travel to and from work is covered by the company as long as you are site based. After every year the pay increases which is very exciting.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company often meet up for drinks or other activities such as organized sports events E.G. football games.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
The opportunities are too good to miss. A paid degree, a competitive salary (In time), learning life skills, meeting new people, options to move about in the company and other benefits E.G. company car etc.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
They expect you to know nothing! Try your best, have an idea of what route you want to go down. Apply now
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