1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
my daily duties include: general mail correspondence. updating registers (including project manager instructions and insurances). assessing monthly interim payment application. assessing compensation events every month. attending and holding meetings with supply chain meeting with the employer and discussing costs for the project. cost value reconciliation reports on a monthly basis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
throughout my previous level 3 apprenticeship and since on the level 6 apprenticeship, i have learned a huge amount and developed dramatically. my numercial and it skills have developed. my communication skills and negotiation skills have been enhanced. i am more confident and am able to speak with knowledge from expierence within my job role.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy my programme, however it does have ups and downs. This is due to many things. i am working on a high end contract which involves a vast group of people and is intense workload and well as tight deadlines to push the project over the line. However, i have been grateful for everyone's help and assistance in help my develop over the years.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
MY programme was not extremely well structured towards the end as there were many internal changes with staff however, the overall progression throughout the programme was satisfactory. The apprenticeship are always happy to help and respond promptly to issues or concerns. My direct team are always in contact with the apprenticeship team.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
my employer is extremely supportive. there are many extras that you get being an apprenticeship. there is an option to have a 1-2-1 mentor, my direct manager is constantly reviewing my progress on a bu-weekly basis. twice a year there is a performance review where my overall progress is reviewed and interim targets are set.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
my current training provider is extremely good at providing support if i need it. there are specific groups/lecturers i can go to for things i feel i am struggling with. there are mentors that can be assignment to help if i feel i need an extra assistance. overall, the university is good.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
my qualification does not make me perform my job role better. it helps my academic record and probably my credibility when being interviewed or reviewed by others. but overall i can perform my job role without entering in further and/or higher education. however, i do not mind undertaking further/higher studies.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
my employer offers volunteering opportunities in schools, local communities and general public events. they also hold many charity functions including an annual sports day, raffles and bake sales. they also have internal events to show what the company are doing this is done per region and also per sector ( rail, water and nuclear).
9a. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
It is a great place to work, with people of all backgrounds and every one brings something different.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
be honest and open to all ideas thrown at you.
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