1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work as a CAD technician, I work modeling services for buildings on REVIT and CAD software, I work as part of a large team and interact with them on a daily basis as more than one person can be working the same model at each time.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I currently in my 3rd year of uni doing Building Services Engineering, I have done internally H&S courses, Revit, Naviswork courses. I have also attended various course within the programme, for things such as Building my influence and sustainability within the business
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme and think that there is lots of opurtunity within the business. I think within the culture of the business people aren't aware of the programme though.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I think internally for my direct line manger I am appreciated, though within the department I am in the business people interally aren't as appreciative
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is fairly organized, with plenty of training modules put in place far in advance and there is someone to contact about these. As for support, within my role I am supported, but within the Cadet programme as the wider business is not fully aware of what is required from it I feel like it lacks support in that area
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As I said above when there is training modules we receive a lot of support for these from the training provider. Though within our roles, not much as it would probably be hard for them, to give support as there is such a variety of roles
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Generally I feel there is support given when it suits them to give support
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think the salary (especially at the beginning) is very low. Travel can sometimes be reimbursed - but only when working away. For the amount of work that is required from the people on the programme I don't think the salary meets the costs
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I think within the business there are, but I ammn't aware of these, ( I don't no whether that is cause I am based in Scotland and the business is not particularly focused in my region)
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
I think being able to work whilst getting paid to go to uni is a good opportunity of someone my age
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Would give them advice on how the interview is structure and what they are likely to be asked.