1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Being a Trainee Quantity Surveyor at London Liverpool Street. My day to day role is mainly dealing with sub contractor based issues, as well as having many other sub contractors to your name. Where you are responsible for their payments and work they undertake onsite. On a daily basis I attend meetings and regularly visit all 3 sites on this project. But mainly dealing with all the paperwork that keeps the project ticking over.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have developed skills that are required to have this role. The team I am in always have time for advice and time to help you with your questions/work. I was able to also improve a lot of my computer skills and go on different programmes and databases etc. that the company use which was really interesting too. I definitely learnt a lot and got a lot from the programme.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It is an opportunity that doesn't come around often so making the most of the experience is vital. With this programme especially you have the chance to liaise with all areas of job roles. From all type of Engineers to having a site visit with a planner, this job gives you the best of both worlds in this industry and i would highly reccomend it to anyone for sure.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
Very! The programme leaders always go out of their way to help you settle in also having time to answer any queries you have. Within this project everyone has made me feel welcome which has aided my experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the programme and i think this was mostly because of how much you are looked after and valued whilst working there too.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme's ideas and aspirations all sound good, but sometimes there needs to be more structure to make the course easier to understand. Especially with the pressure of University to come. I think that there is some structure to the programme but i would definitely have some reccomendations for improvements and for future school leavers coming onto their scheme too.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
All the support you need. Everyone is happy to help and to give you advice on what work you're doing too. I think that i received an edequate amount of support from the training provider as i was able to get on with parts of my work well and also felt confident enough if i had any questions for example or needed to ask for the assistance from one of the leaders.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer has always outlined its aims for supporting its employees and I cannot argue with that. I think that the overall support and help system is really good and i would definitely say that this is very strong within the business. I think, as mentioned before, the support system is what helped me enjoy the scheme/programme so much when working there.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
With the company paying for your university fees as well as paying for ALL of your travel. It means that you don't have a substantial amount of your wage that is taken for travelling in. i think that a lot of younger people starting out in the business will still be living at home so not many expenses will be taken out of the wages either in apprenticeships, for example.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company always provide information/opportunities about getting involved in associations outside of work. there are events and activities we were regularly told about in work and it's nice to be included in being invited to these events too. there is some charity work we can get involved in and also the occasional get-together with co-workers for a few drinks and a social on the weekend etc.
9a. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The chances to join such a great business do not come around often and i think the business has a lot to offer young people who may not know what they want to do after they finish school. I think this scheme as well as their apprenticeship schemes are really good and are not as mentioned to young people as much as university is. I would highly reccomend something like this though.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke? *
To apply early on does not determine if you have a place or not. As long as Laing O' Rourke like your application and your personal attributes, you are certainly capable for any role. I think that if you chose to go for a different role/route within the company then you would need to also brush up on your knowledge of the company and ensure you show the interviewers you have made an effort.
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