1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Cost Administrator at balfour beatty. the day consists of entering tickets to the system and making calls to suppliers for invoices.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
using a new accounting system (Oracle) and improving my communication skills across the board.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It's not very tasking however it does fulfil me that way. But the team i work with are very enthusiatic
4. How valued do you feel by Balfour Beatty?
I'm not given the major roles, but we do respect one another and everyone one is stronger in a subject that another ones not. so in that respect, Quite.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
there are times when there is just not enough for me to do, in those times i just use it for revision. I was provided with my day to day job. in the whole year theres about 95% that i'll have nothing Work related to do.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot, they provided me with the placement and i go once a week. we get support in the classroom as well as online.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot as well. she understands that we are under pressure to preform well at work and school and still survive. She provides me with a day off one day before and on the date of the exam. she does not take it out of my holiday. although exams are fun, she understands thats not how we want to spend our holiday time.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
its a decent amount considering the finance of just my car, how for someone whois living independently, it could be quite far fetched.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
i assume its to do with activities outside of work and yes we do. we have an emerging talents comittee targeted at apprntices. they have only held one meeting but it was a lot of fun meeting new people who are doing something similar to me.
9. Would you recommend Balfour Beatty to a friend?
Its mainly to give them a second chance at getting the education and experience part of life right. A levels can be really challenging and people are looking for new ways to enter uni. If you show the managers of the business that you are interested in being more than a clerk/administrator, then they'll show interest and introduce you to people who can guide and be your mentor. The best thing about working in such an environment is that maturity and drive encourages people to help you.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Balfour Beatty?
work hard, be very social, show your interests from the start to get noticed.