1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a trainee reinforcement engineer. I work on Hinkley Point C, so my daily role includes using Tekla Software to model the concrete geometry for galleries. I then add the reinforcement, welds and other components to the gallery. I am responsible for every model and drawing I do, so I must thoroughly check and ensure everything is correct before issuing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to use Tekla software. I also have learnt how to use other software like Navisworks and have also in general improved my IT skills. I am also in the process of gaining a NVQ and a HNC qualification. I have completed a 10 week training course at Barnsley college on reinforcement engineering, which taught me a lot of principles behind reinforcing concrete.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme as I find the work interesting and challenging and everyday is different. I love how the information I learn at work is reinforced by the principles I learn at college.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel valued by lain O'Rourke, as I am given roles on big projects. I also get recognition for my work by the team I work with, that shows the work I am doing isn't going unnoticed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is quite well structured, although there were a few issues with finding a college/uni course for me to attend. It would be useful if more initial training was provided at the induction.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Barnsley college provides lots of support and you know you can email them at any time for help and support with your NVQ, they also come visit you to check how you're doing and provide help with work. The HNC is a very independent course and requires a lot of self-teaching which can be difficult but if you're really struggling they will give suggestions for resources to look at.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a good amount of sup[port, as I know if I ever struggle with work or college work there will be someone to ask and help me at any time.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very good and I get enough money to cover all living expenses and travel costs and still have lots left over!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of charity and voluntary work within the company you can help with and there are different self improvement classes you can take. If you wanted to set up a particular vent, people would gladly aid and support you to do this.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
They have given me fantastic opportunities and provide me with lots of help and support to further my career. there are lot opportunities with the company so you can grow and progress and further your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
There are lots of tests and interviews but this isn't to put you off this is just to show that you are willing to put in the effort and you to show that you want the job. The tests are difficult but you're not expected to be perfect at them, its more to see how you think and to gauge what level you're coming in at. Everybody is very friendly so don't be scared or intimidated by them.
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