1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assistant Quantity Surveyor for Expanded on North Wharf Road. Daily tasks consist of keeping a track on Labour, Plant, Materials, Sundries and other key elements of the job, interacting with Site Engineers and the general Management team. Also deal with sub-contractors & Labour Agencies, processing payments and raising orders.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, obviously going through university has aided my measuring skills and general knowledge of the Construction Technology that surrounds everything. The 'Cadet modules' that we attend do help us develop how we grow as workers in the office, enhancing skills to make us better in general, not just at the job
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy going to work and going to the modules a lot. I feel I am always learning and that what I'm doing day-to-day is fun. I would say I am not enjoying university to the same extent, as it is hard to balance the time between university and work.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
The more responsibility I am given on site, the more I feel valued by my Line Manager and the team. And the more that I am asked to help says to me that other workers respect and value my opinions and my way of working. On my previous project, I feel I was valued very highly, as I was given a lot of responsibility before I expected to have, at such an early stage
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is organized very well. The induction I had was very informative and fun, the modules are great and timed very well.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I don't receive a lot of support from my university. Lecturers tend to be very strict with their time and don't tend to have much room to squeeze student meetings in, although that doesn't apply to all lecturers. There are university resources, such as the library and computer rooms that are good to use however.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my manager, the project leadership team, other colleagues, and the programme leaders. I have partaken in a training system with one of the programme leaders which I feel has done me a lot of good, especially with it coming in between the modules.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary package meets my costs well enough for me to progress at the moment. It is more important that your costs meet with the salary package however.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few opportunities outside of work , such as attending open events to promote the programmes, going into schools to do talks and even going to events such as the Work Xmas Party.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Laing O'Rourke is an industry leading company, with exemplar programmes in place for those leaving school, college and university. For someone who wants to get into the construction, no where else with guide you better.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Make sure you sell yourself - but don't go over the top, be confident in interviews (if they didn't want you, you wouldn't get an interview!)
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