1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Project Title - DfMA Engineer
After completing my apprenticeship I joined the CHt side of Laing O'Rourke becoming a DfMA Engineer, on a day to day basis I will work on initial bids for new projects, work on projects that we have already won by proposing DfMA ideas and work with the installation of pre-fabricated modules that are being installed on current projects. a prefabricated module is generally a steel frame with contains all/most services being installed in a building, these range from corridor modules to plantroom modules.
Projects worked on -
SCCC (Specialist critical care center) Brighton 3T's Hospital Jaguar Landrover Triangle Project Jaguar Landrover NVH Brent Cross Shopping Centre The Post Building Sir Henry Royce Institute Imperial West Block F
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
New Skills Learnt Installation of Modules Software skills development (Bluebeam, AutoCAD, Revit, Navis) Understanding of Engineering techniques
Qualifications B-Tec L3 BSE B-Tec HNC BSE NVQ BSE
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Whilst on my programme I enjoyed the process, the training modules and apprentice team was a great environment. I learnt a lot and spent a good amount of time on fun and educating training courses.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
As an apprentice the company was very helpful and accommodating, they were happy to help with most things whilst on my course to make it an enjoyable experience.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Programme was run reasonably well, occasionally things were forgotten and we didn't move inline with our programme but the support team were helpful. the education was set up well and I was enrolled on a course almost immediately.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
training provider was not fantastic and did not do a lot until the end of my apprenticeship. with regards to my college tutors they are fantastic, very helpful and have gone out of there way many of times to help myself and other students in my class. I study/studied at City of Westminster College.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
This support was only received if needed I personally did not require a lot of support meaning I had little interaction with my HR team, towards the end of my apprenticeship they were helpful in directing me and helping join a team I wanted to be involved with.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Whilst on the apprenticeship the salary is fair and competitive, the company offered me a DTA (daily travel allowance) and would cover any costs that were not to my normal place of work.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company has a few social events throughout the year one I have been involved in is the annual tag rugby competition. once a year teams from across the business come together to compete in a tag rugby competition, teams are made up of site teams or teams formed by people in he business. I am also involved in a weekly football group, once a week a group of people sign up to play football at the local goals football center.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Te company are fair and pay competitively, they also offer unique opportunities as they are one of the leading construction companies in the country.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Be honest Stand out from the group Be open-minded Do not sit back, give everything a go Be Confident Believe in what you are saying Ask for help Be calm Do your best
when going for the interview or induction don't worry about what anyone applying for the same position thinks, don't worry about how they act or what they do. Focus on yourself, you're there to impress an/the employer.
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