Technician engineer at Laing O'Rourke

Start Date:
Yorkshire & The Humber
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
£15,000 annually
Review Date:
March 2017

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Review Score

10 /10

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


My job title is Technician Engineer, I am based on site. My daily tasks vary from day to day, one day I will be doing surveys, one day quality checks, one day snagging, one day setting out etc etc. I am only 6 months in so my responsibilities aren't major but I feel I have been given a lot of responsibilities for my role. I am working on a school project spanning over 7 schools so plenty of moving around the 4 sites I am heavily involved with. The experiences I have gained so far have been brilliant and can't wait to learn more.

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


I have learnt numerous skills in my time so far. as I had never worked in construction before everything was pretty new to me. using lasers, EDMS and measuring etc. the way to set things out and the way to present data. I have also been given opportunities to do extra training. I have been on a Fire Marshall course and have a setting out course scheduled for a couple of months time. I have also learnt professional and personal skills on how to represent myself and the company and how to write professional emails and documents.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my programme thoroughly. I feel I have been given plenty of opportunities for my development. the team I work with is excellent and always happy to help. I was a little worried about the culture as the stereotype of construction doesn't seem that good for women. but it is very different, I have had no issues in feeling under valued or anything as a women.

4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?


I feel appreciated by my managers and feel like they trust me to under do tasks on my own. I feel I get well involved with tasks and jobs and feel like a valued piece of my team. I feel like when I have completed tasks my managers don't feel a need to redo and check what I have done they trust me to have done a good job.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I think the programme is very well organised. The induction was well organise and easy to understand what to do and where to go. There is regular modules to help and support my development. I have been given plenty of opportunities for development and extra training. the support from everyone from my team to my manager to the senior engineers and leaders for construction north feels good and had no issues. I have had good support with University work being able to take study days before exams and if quite at work being able to get on with my coursework. also help from people in my team with any subjects or sections I struggle grasping. I have regular sit downs with my manager to sign of log books and check on progress.

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


I have been given plenty of support from my training provider. They understand work commitments, so are good about missing lectures for work commitments and try and not give too much homework. They also support me in my professional development with lectures dedicated to ICE progress and professional development. The lecturers are always happy to help me out with any questions about the course.

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


I feel my manager has supported me well with any university troubles and work troubles. He explains things well and is more than happy to re-explain if I am still unsure. It is easy to access support from people in my company and everyone at any level is happy to help me with anything I can drop them an email and they will reply when they can or forward to the relevant person that is more equipped to help me out. the general attitude for support has been good and couldn't ask for more.

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


My salary is good enough for my current living situation and have had no issues with running out of money or hopping from pay check to pay check. My daily travel costs are reimbursed and any extra travel for work purposes is reimbursed also. it has not impeded on my social life and the location of site is close enough to commute from home.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


I have been given opportunities to go to annual Christmas events down in London. And also to go into schools or colleges to try and recruit young people and get involved in STEM days and activities.

9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?


9b. Why?

I would recommend Laing O'Rourke as it is a great company to work for. I feel like a valued piece in the company. I feel well looked after in the company and have been given lots and lots of opportunities to develop personally and professionally. The range of projects is vast from little to big all over the country.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?

the application process can feel quite long, but I would tell them to stick with it and try there hardest. There is an online aptitude test which was quite challenging just make sure you do all the practice questions and wont have any distractions. Then there is a phone interview. Then there is an assessment day. At this there is around 5 or 6 other applicants, we did a group discussion my advice for this part is to make sure you input. Don't over input but take charge if you need to. Make sure your voice and opinion is heard. Then you have an interview and a small presentation for both of these be honest and confident. It is one to one and all the people that where doing mine where very nice and make you feel at ease. The interview is example based questions asking things like - "give me an example of when you showed initiative" or "give me an example of when you showed confidence or team work" etc. etc. Also they wont expect you to know specifics about the industry or profession you are applying for, however this said they will expect you to know about the company read the website, look at the projects they are doing, pick a favourite this will show you have looked into it and have an interest. Another great thing that helped me along was organising some work experience for myself. I just did a week on a site close to home (one I now have worked on full time). Just doing the one week helped me see how good the company is and gave me lots and lots to talk about in the interviews and applications etc.

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