1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The role consists of accurately recording, analyzing and reporting a list of differenf actors which can affect a construction project. Some factors which are monitored on my current project are costs, production efficiencies and the number and type of resource required to complete the project as per the programme and budget.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In the role as a Quantity Surveyor, I have learned how to record, analyse, forecast and report costs and efficiencies in an effective and understandable manner for all who are involved. In terms of skills learned and developed on my current project, my knowledge in labour efficiencies and the productivity expected from each trade has increased massively due to the daily exposure.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme itself has been extremely beneficial in terms of both personal and professional development as the skills learned at work help you to complete daily tasks required as a quantity surveyor, but the modules attended as part of the overall training programme provide a wider variety of training in how ot present yourself, how to speak in public, how to engage other in conversation and how to have confidence in yourself.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is structured so that there are 3 / 4 modules each year depending on your stage within the training programme and the year which you are studying in university. The programme also provides a more generalized teaching of the company and the industry initially then as it progresses, you begin to take on more personal and professional skills which help you to develop in the work place.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Overall, the employer is very helpful in terms of support provided, both in the workplace and at university. If anything is required, there is a team of individuals who are readily available for you to contact by email or phone to ask for advice or pointers regarding any work or university related questions.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The university provides a good deal of support where necessary in order to achieve the degree, both in class and outside of class. There are different departments that can be contacted for help with studying and with your specific classes. Time taken to reply can sometimes be quite a while depending on which lecturer is contacted but this can be expected at certain times of the year.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The skills learned at university in first and second year give a more broad covering of the construction industry as a whole, therefore provide a limited resource base for the first few years in work. As of third year, the skills learned in university can be applied to everyday work and therefore become more useful.
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 several training events which take place on a yearly basis for all commercial staff to attend and there are usually events after these for staff to network and catch up in. There are also project outings, for examples pub quiz or dinner which staff can attend to network.
9a. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?
The organization as a whole values their staff and provides an excellent training programme that benefits the employees both on a short and long term basis. This programme provides the employee with a very competitive wage whilst studying which is difficult to obtain at most other companies in any industry, therefore I believe this company is a good company to work for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?
Prepare thoroughly for the assessment centers and interviews as the programme is very competitive but is equally very rewarding to obtain a place on. Once in the job and at university, try to ensure grades are kept at a high standard as it is easier to maintain good grades than it is to start low then raise the grades later on. High grades, a good work ethic and a maintained high levels of effort will reflect in annual reviews and wages therefore I would advise to try and keep on top of these and the rewards will come in time,
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