1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Apprentice Engineer helping with control of a part of the M&E phase of the Crossrail project. I am in the metalwork team so I am involved with Brackets, Doors, Walkways and also Fire stopping systems. I spend my day either in the office creating plans and documents or on site undertaking surveys, set-outs, etc.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned so many new skills while being at work, some even without realising. I have attended a number of different training courses that gives me specific knowledge and skills to apply to work. e.g. Working at Height/Harness training where I learned how to be safe while working at height.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The biggest factor is the level of acceptability from my team to me as an inexperienced apprentice to be able to work and learn alongside colleagues whom have been doing it for years. Furthermore, my most enjoyable part is the exposure to practical site work, the experiences are way above my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Costain?
The biggest factor is the level of acceptability from my team to me as an inexperienced apprentice to be able to work and learn alongside colleagues whom have been doing it for years. I feel comfortable in knowing that I am one of the team and that I make an impression to the workload.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I received plenty of assistance from my line manager and colleagues regarding starting up in the workplace. I am amazed how easy it is to gain help and support for anything I am struggling with. Transitioning between work and college can be tough, however my workplace is very supportive with the educational crossover.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Anyone is willing to answer my queries about anything, especially colleagues in my team. I have a mentor whom I go to for anything and everything and most likely has a solution. I also have a small meeting with my line manager to go through progress in my course.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I don't often go to my employer, however when I do, the process is simple but slow.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is perfectly acceptable and is fine for this stage in my life. An awesome bonus is not having to pay for travel, that would take a lot from my salary if that didn't happen.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In the company, there are many opportunities for volunteering and community events. However I have failed to find any kind of sports/leisure clubs to go to. I personally haven't gone out of my way to do anything outside of work so am unaware of some events/classes/activities.
9a. Would you recommend Costain to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because they're a large company that have a large number of different career paths to take.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain? *
Having enthusiasm for work is key when applying, interviewing and working.
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