1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
- Technician Engineer
- Being one out of 3 engineers on site, allows information and knowledge to be shared quickly and freely.
- interact with site operatives as well as members of the office and leaders of the company.
- in charge of simple QA and monitoring on site, however this has now increased to more specific QA under my own surveillance
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Ive learnt all about how to use the site equipment, as well as attending my HNC course. I have my First aid course booked and also have attended many CAD courses and CAT and GENNY. My professional skills have also improved with talking to management and other parts of the business
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work is tough but this is equaled out with the support available, you bond quickly with you fellow cohort and whilst attending university together it strengthens the learning and social friendships. There are modules that take part throughout the year and this gives a break from being on site whilst extending company knowledge.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
It can vary, from feeling greatly appreciated when I do something mediocre to when I feel I have done something out of my way it feels that I am less valued. However when I progress through the company I believe this would change.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Induction was well planned, training is well planned, and support is there when necessary. However, Mentoring could be introduced more efficiently.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
University needs to be able to support their part time students, I understand that it could be difficult. But it is a necessary.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As much as I need, when coursework was looming I had time during the day and a early finish to be able to complete.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I have had to move away from home, the costs are ok, yet not great. I am unable to have any social costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, as much as I want to get involved with my scheme I am allowed. Group nights out, occurred around Christmas and hopefully more when the scheme picks up again.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Good opportunities, good people, wide range of people and courses.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Be yourself, don't expect it to be plain sailing, it is hard work and long hours, but the experience you gain is worth every second.
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