1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a member of the planning function. This requires me to look at and review construction methodologies to ensure that the projects schedule has the correct sequence and timings included within it. I have worked across a number of sites in canary wharf as well as tendering for new projects from the head office in dartford.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As part of the training programme, before and after, the company have helped me develop many existing skills I have aswell as adding to them with new experiences. Many technical aspects have been added to my skill set, with confidence and people skills being developed alongside this. One particular skill set that I have developed is my public speaking. A course was ran called speak the speech and this focused on deliver of presentations. This has helped me greatly in my day to day role.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme was very enjoyable, it provided me with the opportunity to meet new people from within the business, both new and experienced and of different grades. The modules and support received from the training department ensured that the most enjoyable experiences were had by all. This coupled with university on a day release basis have given me a challenging but enjoyable time on the course.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I have been lucky enough to be recognized by all levels of management from within Laing O'Rourke. It is important to ensure that you work hard and produce work to the best of your ability and with this will come the recognition that is deserved. From an internal recognition basis, I was lucky enough to be recognized as 'Cadet of the Programme' which was the best recognition I could have received.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of the programme has been developed very well over the course of my time on it. at the outset, I was one of the first intakes, and therefore there were some elements that required fine tuning. this has been happening all of the way through the programme with a very comprehensive structure now available to anyone that is on the training programmes.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
support fro a training provider varies depending on what modules we are on. The internal Laing Orourke training department have been very good at providing support both on and off of the modules, with support from external providers whilst on the modules. As mentioned this varies depending on the module but in principal the support is good.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As above, the support from the employer is much more comprehensive than the support from the external provider.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is a sticking point for a number of members on the programme. For me the salary started rather low, but was reviewed on an annual basis, increasing by reasonable increments as and when your job role develops. For me now, I have been recognized for exactly what I am doing and was not stretched financially through the programme, especially as the university fees were covered.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few opportunities outside of work to socialize and network with others in the business. As yet I have not been involved with too many of them. A number of charitable activities have happened, alongside the social scene after work on a number of projects, alongside this the company holds an annual Christmas event that all are entitled to attend.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
As all of my points above. Mainly the support and recognition that you get if you work hard.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Work hard, get on with the day job and the recognition/ progression will come
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