1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Daily Tasks: General Email correspondence between subcontractors. -Process any constructors instructions requests. -Assess subcontractors applications for payments, this can include reviewing biometric systems data, checking daily of shift reports and reviewing approved timesheet entries. -I also manage several trackers, including insurance trackers as well as business case trackers which monitor labour promotions systemwide.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills but mostly developed my technology skills specifically with Microsoft excel as I am now able to incorporate formulas to enhance my credibility and accuracy of my work. My negotiation and communications skills have developed dramatically as, I now address situations in a more professional manner.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do highly enjoy my programme overall however, finding the balance to work and study can be difficult. My project is high value and intense and is constantly in press and across media. It does bring a lot of pressure to my team (commercial) and therefore can be quite stressful.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At first my programme was well organised and structured, now I am progressing through my programme there is not so much involvement from my employer. I rarely get feedback from my apprenticeship co-ordinator. I do not have much involvement with the apprenticeship team, only if I have an issue I get in contact with them.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I rarely get feedback from my apprenticeship co-ordinator. I do not have much involvement with the apprenticeship team, only if I have an issue I get in contact with them. My direct team and line manager are great! I get constant feedback and have bi-monthly reviews on my progress. They are all pushing me to do well.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My training provider is helpful as and when I need them to be. As I am at university, it can be quite difficult to get 1-2-1 help but my tutors and other members of staff are always happy to help if I have any comments, queries or concerns. I am enjoying my uni course.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
As I am in my first year of university, my current modules (Residential Buildings) do not reflect directly to my current project (Tunnelling/Railway) so it can be quite difficult to get a grasp. But overall the content is good and the tutors make sure everything is understood. I can see how it would help if my project was best suited for the modules.
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 team have many extra activities that we get involved in. This includes; charity shield football tournaments, charity sports day, volunteering at schools, local city farms.
We also have professional seminars that are specific to our job roles and we hold lunch and learn as well as Apprentice Forums every few months.
9a. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
It is a good place to work, people are helpful and want to see you develop and help push you to achieve more. The apprenticeship programme is a good scheme and it is worth while. I enjoy working for Costain as I do not feel apprentices are separated by their job role description.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
People who apply should be themselves and take whatever opportunities arise when working within Costain.
You should always show willing and motivation as these are key enablers for recognition within the industry.
Always try your hardest and do not give up easily, people are always looking for an upcoming apprentice.
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