1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm a trainee Quantity Surveyor for Expanded which is the structures arm of the LOR business based on a 40 storey residential tower in South London. I report, forecast and monitor costs associated with the build such as labour costs, plant, transport and materials. Daily I would track these costs by using excel and an in-company finance tool and ask the operations team (engineers and construction managers) for works planned & completed to get a better idea of the EFC (estimated final cost) which is reviewed higher up the chain. I basically have to look into the future to see whether we're going to loose or gain money from a certain thing against it's budget.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I'm studying for a Bsc in Quantity surveying part-time which has taught me lots about various skills required for role and the company offers many internal training courses for all aspects of my role. I've attended software training, team building training, assertiveness classes and health and safety courses.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The apprentice programme is great. We have modules yearly which gives all of the apprentices in our cohort a chance to get together again and learn or build on desired behavior or different parts of the business etc. The position I've been put in has been great. I feel as though I can push my self and be supported. Culture within the industry is great, most people are always up for a laugh.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
Yes. I feel that though I can turn to many people I've met already if I have a problem. We have to write a mandatory report every 3 months about progress, responsibilities and limits. This is great as it gives me a chance to review and set goals on my career.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program manager communicates clearly and well in advance all events and duties we have to take part in. We had a 3 day induction before we started which explained how the program is structured so I haven't had any doubt on it since.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
If I was to ask the program manager for help, my queries would be answered. If I needed a session to talk about anything work related I feel I could do that too.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Manager helps me with most queries. HR Team are good and queries get resolved quickly. There are training sessions held regularly for many aspects of my role.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Travel expenses are covered, my salary I would consider low especially as I'm based in London however all university fees are paid for by the company.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I've done a charity bike ride with the company and there's always someone in the office who's up for a drink after work.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Great company with many benefits and quality of work and procedure is very high. LOR also work on large construction and infrastructure projects which I find fascinating.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
I applied with no previous experience with construction or finance at all. I just demonstrated throughout the application process (CV, telephone interview and assessment day) that I wanted to join a business within the industry that is focused on innovation as I wanted to be a part of that change and can easily adapt to it.
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