1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Apprentice Quantity Surveyor. Day to day tasks can include Cost Analysis, Cost Verification, Contract Administration, Contract Implementation, Change Control, Tender Analysis as well as more general activities such as attending meetings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills with Costain as well as developing my existing skills. They are a company who encourage training and courses to improve your knowledge and skill.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is enjoyable as I am able to work and lean different aspects of quantity surveying gaining experience, skills, knowledge, expose and responsibility with contain on the projects i have worked on.
4. How valued do you feel by Costain?
I feel valued as an employee as i am always involved as part of a team and have developed good relationships with the manager i have had.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is reasonably well structured. Although there was some little bit of difficulty when I moved from the Level Three to a Degree Apprenticeship. And some elements that have been out of Costain's Control.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provide offers a responsible amount of support, as it is a university it is reliant on your input.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer provides a good level of support and there is always someone to contract if needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is manageable, but it is frustrating that it is a set scale and your manger can only have limited input to your salary and the benefits you are entitled to. In some instance the work i have been completing it feel low.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work but these are often setup socially not by Costain or the project.
9. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
It is a good and well recognised company, one that will support and provide the training skill and qualifications you need to progress and succeed as a professional.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
When applying for Costain i would advise that you have an very basic understand of what Costain do and there values.
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