1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a trainee quantity surveyor, my daily tasks range from issuing payment notices and processing payments for our Sub-Contractors to going out on site to assist in preparing our Monthly Valuation for the Client. I have responsibility for managing individual packages and I ensure that all instructions are raised and issued to our subcontractors and consultants. I also attend meetings with internal and external parties involved with the works.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since joining the programme, my confidence has greatly improved as a result of interacting with lots of new people and having responsibility within my team. Attending University alongside my work has enabled me to understand a lot more about the industry and I am working towards my degree in Quantity Surveying.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy coming to work everyday because I know that I will always be doing something different. The team are very supportive if I have any questions about my university work and there is always someone to ask if I need any guidance. Throughout the year there are lots of events which enable you to meet and socialise with other people within the business build your contacts. There are lots of perks outside of work such as the huge Christmas party which is held in a nice hotel every year.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel that the work I am producing is of value to my Commercial team and the wider project team. My colleagues and line manager sit down to discuss what needs to be done and the purpose of various tasks that I complete.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We get a lot of opportunity to attend training throughout the year and as a cohort we attend modules every 6 months to a year which is a good outlet to discuss how we are progressing at work and raise any concerns we might have. Meeting with your line manager to discuss work load and progress is up to you to organize, so if you are prepared to seek out any help you need then you will receive it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At university it is ultimately your own responsibility to be up to date with your work and attend lectures etc. so this is not something that they will chase you on. If you ever have any queries for tutors, some can be hard to get hold of although if you meet with them after a lecture for example, they will be happy to answer any questions you have (regarding coursework, etc.)
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is always someone to go to (line manager, project leader,HR team, peers within your cohort) if you have any questions or need to discuss any issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am currently living at home and paying rent, as I would not be able to afford to move out on my current salary, although after I have finished the programme and got my degree I know that my salary will enable me to do this. Laing O'Rourke pays for your travel every month so that aspect is very helpful.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes - there are always lots of activities you can get involved in and Laing O'Rourke advertises sporting/ charity events which you are encouraged to get involved with.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
The School and College Leaver programme at Laing O'Rourke offers a great opportunity to get started in your career in the industry and earn whilst you learn. Attending university is paid for by the company so you can get a debt free degree at the same time!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
If you are successful in submitting your application and CV, there will be an online assessment, then a telephone interview and the final stage is an assessment centre. My advise would be to be prepared, find out about the business,the vision and Laing O'Rourke projects. Know WHY you want to join the business and just be yourself at the interviews.
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