1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work as a Technician Building Services Engineer, my current role involves me looking at Building Services design and working within my team to improve the design and resolve any problems that are found. on a daily basis I work with a number of people from different areas of the business and also have a lot of dealings with people from external businesses. I have worked on a number of high value projects during my time as a Technician Engineer.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my appenticeship so far I have gained a lot of new skills, on of these was becoming proficent in using different CAD softwares. I have also been able to develop my skills in presenting and also greatly been able to develop my time management skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my programme as it not only focuses on your proffessional development but there is also a lot of work done around your personal development. I have also found that everyone is extremly willing to help and teach you no matter what the problem. It has greatly meet all of my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel very valued by Laing O'Rourke, I have always been given praise from my managers and have always felt as thought my work and the effort I put in is very appreciated. I have also always felt valued as I have been able to be involved in some very large projects which has been an extremly good experaince for me and has made me feel very well valued within the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well organised, we have one or two workshops a year where we are able to talk to other apprentices and the staff in chagrge of the programme. There is also always someone avaliable if you need to ask a question or talk about your apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider are quite supportive and there is usally always someone avaliable if I have a problem.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support from my employer, everyone has always been very willing to help me if I had any problems. I have also found them very supportive when it comes to my university studies and they have always been understanding if I had coursework due or exams coming up. The HR team also supported me a lot when I first started with the business to help sort out any problems that I had.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salay/package is very competative and meets my costs very well as I receive travel expenses for travelling to work and also to university. This means that my salary does not get spent on travel which is very helpful in meeting my costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a lot of opportunities such as helping at company events, such as open evenings and representing the company at apprentiship events.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Because mu experiance so far has been extremly positive and I fell that I have developed my professional and personal skills a lot suring my time with the company. I also feel that it is a company that is willing to give you very good oppotunities and allows you to work on large projects from day one. It is also a company that are very good at giving you support in what ever form that you need it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Make sure to do your research as when you get to interviews they like to see that you have taken an interest in the company. It may be worth looking at the current and previous projects that they have done, it is also worth looking at what they are looking to do in the future. Dont feel that you need to know everything about the job that you are applying for because they wont expect you to, they just want to see that you are enthusiastic about the oppertunity and the company.
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