1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Site Engineer on the Tottenham Court Road project. My role includes setting out on site and supervising site activities, metalwork package and firestopping package. I interact with package supervisors, operatives onsite and the client on a daily basis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have completed a HNC in Civil Engineering and I am in my first year of BSc in Civil Engineering. Laing O'Rourke provide lots of training courses. Ones I have been on include IOSH, IPAF, working at height/ harness training, concrete testing, first aid. As part of the school leaver programme, I also attend personal and professional development modules on a quarterly basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
We work together well as a team onsite which makes my job enjoyable. The modules are a good opportunity to network with my peers. The programme has encourage me to achieve Technician Membership of the ICE. The company also provides benefits such as a company car or car allowance in the third year of the programme.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I receive feedback from my line manger every quarter. I am encourage by my line manger to take on tasks that I may initially find challenging to expand my working capacities. I have been nominated for an external apprentice of the year award by the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Laing O'Rourke provide quarterly modules for development. Additional training is easily accessible. University is arrangement by the company. I feel well supported by my line manager and am encourage to take on additional training. The porgramme overall is well organized.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have received lots of support from my structure's lecturer at university. I enjoy his lectures as they are very interactive. I receive support with a university work from colleges when necessary. The company allows 3 study days to be taken before exams which is very helpful.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive support with a university work from colleges when necessary. The company allows 3 study days to be taken before exams which is very helpful.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
On the programme, our salary is increased on a yearly basis. Travel costs are paid for by the company. The site is accessibly via train and tubes - based in central London. At the moment I live with family, so my living costs are low. If I chose to move out, it may be move difficult to cover living costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I socialise with colleges after work.
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Laing O'Rourke has a very good training programme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Try to get some work experience with the company before you apply.
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