1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a concrete lab technician, responsible for testing all the concrete used at our workplace.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have been able to learn all the different ways to test both pre-cast concrete and glass reinforced concrete.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I personally did not enjoy the course as I feel the course they put us on, performing manufacturing operations, had very little to do with our work. Even less so now I am a lab technician.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
Not very, in June of last year they threatened me with redundancy if I did not move from explore manufacturing to their sister company GRC UK.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure was near enough seen through, we all went to college for an appropriate amount of time and our role at work was one month in each area of the factory, which they near enough kept too.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We did our course with North Notts College and they was helpful with everything we needed and we all passed our course.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Some, but not much. During the course part, the company was quite helpful in anything that we needed. After that, not so much. I got told I would be put on a level 3 nvq and to this day that still hasn't happened, after around a year. Also, when I got threatened with redundancy I emailed the head of apprenticeships of Laing O'Rourke for some help, and he never even replied. The on site apprenticeship manager was also of no use, and didn't even fight my corner to help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Nowadays, the wage is good as I am now a full time employee at GRC but there was a long time of me not learning anything but doing the same job as others and getting paid much less.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Been two or three apprenticeship events within the company but nothing of note.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Pay wise it is okay but there are better apprenticeships out there, and after the whole redundancy event, I have lost trust with the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Work hard but keep your head down.
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