Junior Civil/Structural Designer at Costain

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Start Date:
2010
Location:
North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£22,500 annually
Review Date:
November 2014

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Review Score

8.1 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

8/10

i work for costain natural resources division - i work in the civil/structural department that requires me to produce civil and structural steelwork drawings, and to work closely with engineers and other colleagues, it also requires me to keep drawings and the 3D PDMS model upto date to make sure they both refelct one another.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

8/10

i currently use AutoCAD and PDMS softwares, AutoCAD being the software used to produce drawings and PDMS being the 3D modelling software, i hadnt used these types of programme before, and i feel using them everyday throughout my apprenticeship has helped me develop my skills and understadning of my job background and i now feel that my knowledge of these softwares is at a level good enough to do certain aspects of my work competantley..

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

i enjoy working as part of the civil/structural department at costain because my colleagues are always willing to help me when i require some assistance, this helps to develop my understanding and knowledge that i will require in the future.

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4. How valued do you feel by Costain?

8/10

i feel valued enough by costain, for example when i completed my apprenticeship programme i was rewarded for this, aswell as completing my college course, these came in the form of financial rewards, so it was good to know that Costain valued the work i had done for them upto that date.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

my programme was very well organised, i had training advisor that would come into Costain once a month and help me complete my NVQ 3 i was also given time in work to help me complete it for the deadline.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

8/10

when i was on the apprenticeship programme i received all the support i required.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

8/10

now i am no longer an apprentice, my responsibilities have changed and i am now expected to become more independant when carrying out work, however i have always got support from colleagues whenever i require it.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

8/10

my salary is at a standard where it covers my costs to a point where i am comfortable living as i am at the moment, however when i move into my own house, this is more than likely to have change, but i am hoping to progress here in the next few years to have a better chance of increasing my earning potential.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

8/10

9. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

becasue it is a good company to be part of, i feel a valued member of my team and there is alot of different fields of work, its not just a job, it can be career

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?

be confident and be knowledgable about the company, make sure the work sector is something that is of particular interest to you as it this will make your job easier and more enjoyable

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