1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assistant planner.I monitor day to day progress noting down dates and key tasks progressed. Taking progress photographs for future reference and for project monitor wall to show the progress.
I get to interact with every trade on site and try to foresee blockers and either clear them or get the correct person/s to do so.
I am responsible to make sure the project s running on program and it's going to be completed in the agreed time frame, if not see where the hurdle is that is stopping the project from doing so, apply for extension of time.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have got my first aid certificate and I have used it once so far. I have attended a three day IOSH course where I learnt my responsibilities as planner to health and safety, boosted my confidence when I raise a health and safety issue or question I know the answer or have enough knowledge to stop an incident from happening.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working with the team very experience in many disciplines and they got answers for almost every question I raise or they know who or where to point me to if they do not know.
The celebration culture is brilliant most time when the site team goes out and celebrate the senior managers usually get the first couple rounds.
the guys on my cohort are very supportive of each other and we all know that we need each other.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
my line manager is very supportive on what I do and he pushes me to constantly improve on my skills, the team when I do something exceptional outside my job role they shout it out and don't down play it.
the team always want me involve with project tasks either just be in the meeting to know what's going even though it does not directly apply to me, but helps me with progress.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The progress is well thought out and organized, induction is well informative and you get to network with a lot of the senior staff in the company prior meeting the site team.
they always put my studies first than anything else, I get given enough days to study and do my school work at work when it's needed.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Most of the tutors are always on deck ready to answer e-mails or telephones. Some of the subjects are completely taught in a wrong sequence and don't match up with the industry.
Materials are online, the software is quite outdated compared to what they are using in the industry. problems we raise as students are barely resolved.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer give me study days or let me visit relevant project to help me out with my assignments. HR team will help in the most possible way they can.
I have yet to find or being offered a mentor. A lot hoops have to be jumped to get something personal approved this increases the number of personal knowing your personal business/problems
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The living cost and traveling good if you are not working away from your permanent place of residents.
They are no rewards for working away, which makes it very unappealing because you loose a lot of social life and most time you can't afford to lodge somewhere where you have enough place for visitors.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
company events are very regional and clique if you live/work between Manchester and Scotland there s hardly any company events or activities hosted in your area.
Plenty of volunteering opportunities and work with the local community. When I am not working during term time I am doing university work and try to socialize/check up on my friends and family.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
They work on various projects, so you'll be very multi skilled after your training, but if you work in the north they are not many projects which result on you working away from home and this doesn't not help you save any money because you'll always be in minus.
You have to spend the money first before they you get reimbursed from working away and travelling away from home.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Attend to their open career days, speak to as many people working in the department you want to be part of. Contact them either on linkedin or work e-mail if you manage to get it from someone.
Ask HR for work experience on the area you want to work on before you completely commit.
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