McLaughlin & Harvey’s Glasgow office is providing aspiring Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers a foot on the ladder through its trainee scheme.
During the five year programme, trainees will attend university one day a week studying towards their chosen degree, and will spend four days on a range of high profile construction sites, gaining invaluable hands on experience. It is fully funded by McLaughlin & Harvey and successful applicants will be paid at competitive rates throughout the course.
Chris and Ciaran, who both became trainees in September 2010, have recently qualified in their chosen degree subjects.
Chris, who studied Quantity Surveying, said: "The trainee scheme was a perfect introduction to the world of construction and civil engineering, and was very beneficial to the beginning of my career. Putting into practice my book knowledge on-site was great and the hands on experience has been vital. Now that I’m qualified, I have my degree plus five years’ experience, putting myself in a better position than students that have completed the full-time course, but who now have to go out and secure a job. By my fourth year I was managing my own jobs on-site, attending design team meetings, handling subcontractor payments, managing procurement and client accounts. You learn so much more by doing the role rather than sat in a lecture room studying it."
Ciaran, who studied Environmental Civil Engineering, commented: "The experience I’ve gained over the last five years is invaluable to my career. I’m 23 and in a great position compared to everyone else just out of university. I began by shadowing a Civil Engineer, which was great as it allowed me to get used to being on a building site. I was learning so much under his guidance and as the time passed I was given more responsibility. I worked across a variety of different project sites and I was lucky enough to spend time on the Tollcross International Swimming Centre site which was used during the Commonwealth Games. Being in university one day per week and on site four days whilst also completing coursework definitely teaches time management and work ethic. It was tough but the Site Managers were very understanding when I was close to deadlines, especially during my dissertation."