1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Apprentice Tunneler and my role is to learn on the job about tunnel construction and to contribute to the project. This involves: -General assistance around the site, repairing site equipment -Cleaning up around site, organisation -Learning how to maintain/repair tunnel transport trains -Learning to use fabrication equipment to provide the tunnels infrastructure -Working on an actual tunneling machine alongside professional tunnelling operatives -Getting on well with the team and contributing to a good moral and drive.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Skills I've learnt: -Fabrication skills; the use of tools to modify materials and produce equipment. -Mechanical skills; repair and maintenance -Several practical health and safety courses
Personal and Professional Skills developed: -Productivity -Team cooperation -Confident Communication -Resilience & problem solving strategies
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I like the industries culture and the ethos of the operatives. I also really enjoy learning new skills and growing personally and professionally. The range and type of work experience that I've been able to pursue has far exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Costain?
I feel very valued by Costain. The broad range of work experience and training that I've been given proves to me that they really do value my contribution.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme has been designed to allow me some ability to decide where I feel I fit in best, enjoy doing, and can contribute the most to. I appreciate this because it gives me a strong sense of autonomy.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Almost all my training has been on-the-job, working alongside the operatives themselves. The support they've provided me has been professional, friendly and to the point.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Any questions that I've raised have been answered. I found that my mentors and managers have been helpful and have encouraged me to do my best.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I would prefer if the salary was higher, but the company does pay for apprentices travel cost which is a huge saving. Overall, I am able to afford my living costs, and still have enough to save.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The work location (London) has been good for me because I can go to work and I can see my friends and family. The company also holds events and parties after successful projects.
9. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
The apprenticeship has given me a strong foundation from which I intend to build a promising career. As an apprentice I feel a strong sense of job security with Costain.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
-Concentrate your efforts into completing the apprenticeship despite any setbacks you may encounter along the way. -Accept any and all opportunities to learn new skills and to go outside of your comfort zone. -Contribute as much as you can to your team.
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