1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I look after the subcontractors in terms of build and construction, I book them in, get them to their workplace, make sure they're working safely and one time. I get in early, about 7am and from there on, i'm making sure certain works take place and sorting any issues out, about 5pm most of the workers have finished and in that last hour i am planning for the next day.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. During working I have learnt new skills such as people management, in terms of how to talk to certain people and how to motivate them to get a certain task done. Management, and taking on responsibility, I will be in charge of a certain area of works and I have to make sure they get done on time, to the standard, and most importantly, safely. Professionalism, as I have to put myself in front of people in important positions within my company and also the clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy it, the mix of uni and work is perfect. You make a group of friends that you go to uni with and you create a group with which make the uni experience a lot easier as there are people going through the same thing as you. We meet up on a 6 monthly basis for a catch up and for some continued learning which is always productive.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very organised. When we have to meet up for a 'module' we have plenty of notice of what dates it will be and the location of it. Then a few weeks before it we get a welcome pack sent out which generally goes through what we will be doing, how to get there, dress code, so it gives you plenty of time to prepare.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot, everyone in the business is aware of the training scheme S&CL's and are aware that there are constraints with working full time and also going to uni once a week, whilst trying to meet deadlines for coursework and studying for exams. They are all very supportive in making sure we get there work life balance right.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
If we are having any issues we know that help is only a phone call or email away and the responses are very prompt. Everyone is always really happy to help out and guide you if you are having issues as there are people within the business that have done what we are doing now so they understand the obstacles and problems we may come across.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Sometimes what I am learning is not relatable to what I am doing on site, but that doesn't bother me as it is only developing my learning in other areas of construction that I may have not known about otherwise. It also opens your eyes to the off site part on construction such as laws and legislation's etc
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.)
There are company xmas events and in terms of the training course we meet up a couple of times a year for a social and also for some ongoing learning. I am based on site and the site team generally have good socials at certain points of the projects and within the year. The site team also tries to help out with the community where possible.
9a. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
Absolutely. It is a massive company and it may seem like you could get lost within it but that is not the case at all. The company really look after you and genuinely care about you. The learning and progression is infinite as if you show the willing then they will get you into places.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
A lot of people apply to the program, near thousands so when it comes to interviews assessment days, make sure you show them why you should employ you as they don't cap how many people they will employ, if they like you, you will get a job. You will work hard but it will all be worth it as if you show the willing and you can take responsibility, they will move you up and help you progress.
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