1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a technician engineer on Newfoundland Project based in Canary Wharf. My Daily role is to undertake the works of a concrete technician where I test and sample concrete. Also, I assist with setting out on site.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills including my how to carry out my roles competently. I have also gained training on a 1 Day concrete technology course and a 3 day Setting out for engineers course. I'm currently studying for a civil engineering degree and I am learning about how materials work in construction and the mechanics behind structures both in the classroom and on site.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am enjoying learning new thing everyday at work with respect to engineering. My team is really good and I get on with everyone. My expectations have been met as I have been thrown right in the deep end and learnt more about engineering on site than I could have expected.
4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?
I feel valued at Laing O'Rourke as I have got responsibility as a concrete technician and feel I gain enough appreciation from my manager and team on the project. This internal recognition has helped me gain external recognition throughout the company as I have recently been asked to cover for people on different sites around Canary Wharf.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was very well put together by Laing O'Rourke it was a 3 day event in a luxury hotel where we gained exposure to the business and took put in various team building activities. Training courses have run very smoothly. From both sides of the apprenticeship including Laing O'Rourke and University of Exeter we have had a lot of support. Studying has been hard to balance along side work due to very intense hours and long days. Support meeting between me/line manager and me/Academic mentor have been very good. However, I am still unsure of who my work place mentor is which is a negative. Besides, that my programme has been very well organized and ran very smoothly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My academic mentor and programme lead for the university are very supportive of my studies and will arrange any extra support sessions needed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My line manager is very supportive in making time for balancing my educational life with work life.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary covers all cost for living because I am currently living at home with my parents.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
They are very supportive to you as an individual even though they are a very large company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
To research a lot about the company, Revise the online testing, be confident on your interviews and gain work experience. Also, have a understanding of why you want to join them over different companies which is a key point which I would have wanted to have been told.
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