1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Senior Digital Engineer. Currently leading multiple projects in both construction and infrastructure, implementing the use and strategic management of digital engineering during the tender process. Managed jobs which range in value from £30m to £1bn and managed teams of up to ten. Through digital engineering, gained experience within all aspects of the tendering process in order to assist the team to develop a compelling and well thought out tender return. Using the model enables the team to make better decisions and plan works far in advance, while giving the team confidence in quantities for estimation and coordination of design iterations, temporary works and optioneering schemes.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have been sponsored through my degree, a BSc in Civil Engineering. I have learnt many new interpersonal and business skills through training modules provided by Laing O'Rourke - which involve both internal and external training. Laing O'Rourke have also set up a training plan to help me work towards my chartership with the ICE and the RICS accredited BIM manager reviews.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme a huge amount. I was able to gain exposure to senior leaders within the business and feel like I was a part of an engineering enterprise. The company culture is very supportive of trainees and quick to provide support where needed - but they are also very good at stretching individuals to reach their potential.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
Both my line managers and indirect managers have been very supporting, and have provided me with invaluable experience in order to succeed. By the nature of my job, I am able to meet with clients and external partners - all of which have made me feel valued. The recognition for achievement has also been great, and I can see that the work I do is making a difference to the business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was very well organised. Modules ran smoothly and the administration was great throughout the process. The company recognises and respects the programme and offer support when studying or developing in my role. The models operate 3 times a year, with set clear agendas which develop individuals with a mixture of emotional and business intelligence tuition. I progressed into management during my time on the programme so was able to mentor individuals in the way I had been during my previous years with the business.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I was able to contact any of the training providers or programme support team individuals frequently with any problems or concerns - this was very helpful.Training providers that were external will always provide 'take-away' packs with information - and are always accessible if you have any questions. LOR maintain relationships with external providers to ensure we have access to them when needed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again, the business ethos is very supportive for trainee's and those who are learning, and will help out where they can. I very much appreciated the support I was given. HR were great for new employees. My managers have always been fantastic at providing support when I needed it, and have had training with how to work with trainees, and to understand their commitments and common issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The location for work with my varies, so I often move around the UK - but the expenses policy is helpful here. Living costs close to head office are expensive, but the incremental pay structure also allows those on the programme to earn enough to cover the costs. the business are understanding of the need to travel to site and satellite office and so have put measures in place to mitigate the effect on trainees.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of charitable and social events that I am invited to. Part of the LOR belief as a contractor is that we must engage with the communities we work with in order to deliver projects, so we are actively aware of our impact and do what we can to build relationships. Outside of work there are opportunities to meet with other trainees socially, in a geographical area - as well as socialise after training events where we are all brought together.
9a. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The company is fantastic for trainees, and the level of exposure is perfect to enable you to get the best out of yourself and those who you can influence. The school & college leaver programme is, in my opinion, great for those wanting to do a degree and gain experience in the industry. There is great opportunities to grow and develop - with plenty of opportunity to travel.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke? *
The interviews and assessment centers are there to make sure you have made the right choice. The industry isn't for everyone - use the opportunity to ask as many questions as you can - this won't be frowned upon. On boarding can be daunting, but the company provides mentors and trained manager to ensure that you settle into your new role. The company is great for training and support - so continue to ask questions!
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