Apprentice Site Engineer at Costain

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£17 annually
Review Date:
February 2017

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My role is an apprentice engineer working at London bridge station. I under take tasks like producing paperwork for the workforce I.e. Task briefings, permits and drawings. I also set out using the total station and other equipment like laser levels. I am responsible for the health & safety of myself and everyone I work with. I attend various meetings that include health & safety walk rounds and team briefings on a weekly basis.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt many skills like communicating with many people from different roles and built up my confidence in that. I have undertaken various training like CAT & Genny training, harness training and manual handling.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy it very much as I work within a team and I enjoy seeing the completion of a task when looking over it myself.

4. How valued do you feel by Costain?


I do feel valued as I am involved with the teams I have been working with.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I found the start of my programme was well supported and organised as I did a company induction and had many meetings with my apprenticeship manager. There were a couple site trips and outside activities like apprentices "get together".

As I have been working for a few years, I have seen decreased supported which is understandable as I am progressing and more independent in my work and myself. More support though would be a big benefit throughout the programme.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


As I attend 4 week blocks at college, I do receive a lot of support in my assignments as feedback can be given back within a week of handing it in. The tutors are helpful in the subjects they teach and provide a lot of input to understand and use in our assignments.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I feel I am supported in terms of the work I get and the progression of my learning as I get more work on my own. I have a progression review that records my objectives that I set with my line manager and discuss the progress I have made.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I find my salary meets my needs at this present time but as I am progressing through myself and my education, an increase would be a big advantage and confidence booster.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are regular company events and activities and I am looking to do more of this.

9a. Would you recommend Costain to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Good company to be with as they do look after you and the salary is a competitive rate in my opinion. Gives you the chance to learn a variety of different skills.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain? *

Making sure the application process goes through smoothly, is to add as much detail as possible. Any experience in not just the construction industry is valuable to put down when applying for anything.

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