1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Interaction with sub contractors, Projects - research, proposals and reports, works progress monitoring, surveys, electrical installations. a variety of roles to build experience.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Day to day work provides experience and knowledge building. Qualifications include; Behavioral safety management, LEAN efficiency, IPAF, SSL - CCTV, G39, student ambassador training.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy it; it's nice to look forward to coming to work. I have enthusiasm for the job and it gives me a sense of achievement. I'm part of a good team, good project and good company.
4. How valued do you feel by Costain?
Highly valued! my responsibilities are increased at appropriate times along with my pay. I also receive praise from different levels when deserved. I was shortlisted for trainee of the year within the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very much so, i have regular reviews regarding both work duties and educational development. Aspects are changed according to requirements. My progress is monitored regularly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There have been issues with a lack of work based assessor, this has hopefully been rectified - Two work based assessors have been assigned at the learning provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
All the support i need and more. it's reassuring to know i have so many people to turn to when needed. I'm also regularly asked about any issues that i may have.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
After a a pay rise - more than acceptable. The company have also started paying my fuel expenses since moving further from home - This covers all the fuel i use.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes; Nights out are common, there are many charity nights/days, we have a team building day and Christmas parties. I have been allowed to volunteer for a local charity in work time.
9. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
Joining Costain at 24 as an apprentice, i thought i'd struggle financially but after a year i',m earning as much as i was as a landscape gardener. I do however get much more of a sense of achievement, look forward to coming to work and have much more potential for advancement.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
As with any company professionalism and enthusiasm is a must. Especially enthusiasm - evidence of a passion for your chosen field such as hobbies or personal projects are a big selling point to have in your C.V.
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