1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently a Procurement Trainee, at the moment I am responsible for collecting the Monthly Procurement reports for all of the northern projects and compile them. Day to day I help place orders and write contracts for a variety of projects covering a wide range of packages. I also construct Procurement plans for some projects.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have since starting completed Competent BIM Training which is in the use of Digital Engineering. This allows scopes and bills of quantities to be put together quicker. I have also undertaken training for various electronic tendering and Document controller sites such as Asite and Conject. I will be shortly attending a number of personal development courses through Laing O'Rourke to help develop me further as a person and employee.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am currently enjoying the programme. With the cadet modules I have met more people and have made friends and contacts in the other offices its a shame that we do not have more modules where we can all met up as a cohort but they take a lot of planning and it shows. The module themselves are very engaging and fun. They do have the serious parts but most of them are a chance to meet everyone again. Currently everyone that I am working with in the office are great and I enjoy coming to work every day. With the broad spectrum of employees I work with people who have worked in Canada and Australia. Everyone is always talking and chatting whilst working making the day just fly past.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I fell that I am quite valued as part of Laing O'Rourke. I have not ben brushed aside or treated worse than anyone else. I have just been accepted and treated like everyone else. I have been left out of some meetings but I feel that this is just because at the school leavers level the contents of the meeting are irrelevant.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The School Leavers course is being organized excellently. We are given ample forwarding for all of our modules and given plenty time to complete all pre work for them. A full outline has been given to us at the start so we can see what modules we have in years to come allowing us to plan holidays and such around them as the modules are compulsory. The module is structured to keep inline with the work that we should be undertaking within the company and as such it acts as a way to measure our progress and see if we are achieving what we are expected to.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The Cadet team offer a great amount of support. They are all quick to answer emails and will do everything in their power to help, whether its you need to get a course or you do not feel that you are not getting the experience you should be. I am currently undertaking one on one coaching with them to further better myself and present the best of myself. All of them are very approachable and genuinely care about us.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My Line Manager has offered invaluable support, offering a wide range of help from just telling me what an acronym stood for to helping organize training for me. They have always been happy to help and since they sit in the same office it is easy to just go and talk to them if anything arises.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As of yet I do not have nay issues with meeting costs. The company will pay for any travel expenses that does not include the commute to you registered office. I have been able to save and put a far amount already into the pension which is automatically started unless you opt out. But I suppose it my salary could always be higher.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities outside of work from volunteering to Project Team 5-A-Side football. Many teams have go out for drinks. There have been a few who have also done sponsored hikes for charity. And if there is something that is not happening then you are more than welcomed to set something up yourself.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Laing O'Rourke is a great company to work for due to the heavy emphasis on training and bettering its employees. It offers great opportunities for those who want them and will take them. With the support offered as well as the other benefits such cheaper private health care it is a great company to come and work for. It is also a large contractor with a large number of projects ranging in scale.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Make sure that you are someone who does not mind learning as there is a large number of courses that you must take as well as the optional one. one of the great things is that starting out with the school leavers is that there is a great deal of fluidity regarding movement across disciplines so if you are not keen on a role then there is room to move to something you may enjoy more.
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