1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very insightful placement, you gain a lot on knowledge of construction, health and safety, and get site engineering hands on experience. Though there were periods where work I have been doing hasn't been quite interesting or work on site was slow or repetitive but this is the nature of construction, though those periods were still beneficial to my learning as a placement student.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone in bentleys is friendly and approachable making it a great environment for a placement student to be inquisitive and learn. 6 weeks is a short period of time to settle into a job role but colleagues in the office and site team were always friendly inviting and helped me to get comfortable while offering insight into their tasks
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As a placement student you are paired with a member of the team with the same role as yourself. so you've always got someone to ask questions to.
The site engineer i worked alongside was was extremely helpful and actively looked for task i could learn and complete myself and also balanced the 'shadowing' style of learning well. Being paired with a staff member gave me great insight into a vast number of things such as the company, the industry, personal work experience, and advice on site engineering tasks to name a few.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The nature of construction means certain days can be full of tasks which can be enjoyable but certain periods can mean there is little or no work to do during a day. personally, having issue with my company laptop meant i couldn't fill those gaps with something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
No one is thrown into the deep end, a buddy always is there to help whilst you learn the ropes. Through the weeks as you get a greater udersanting of the project and difference practices and procedures you can take on more responsibility if you wish. 6 weeks though is a short amount of site for a site engineer to fully settle in and hence means you aren't given a lot of responsibility due to a lack of knowledge
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Being on site develops technical skills relative to site engineering roles, risk assessment, method statements this has great carry over to my degree.
understanding how things really happen on site makes you more engaged with your degree and helps you think about the practicality of designs
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very relaxed and chilled, all colleagues were friendly and approachable
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There could have been better organization to allocate a site location for placement students so they could jump straight into work having personally had to be stationed at a nearby office for the start of my internship
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think JN Bentley is very great in giving training to staff members, I have been able to receive health and safety training to receive my CSCS card to work officially on site. Of course being a temporary placement student i didn't receive much else training in terms of courses, but i learnt alot from my site engineer 'buddy'.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Bentleys has great job prospects and perks for permanent employees
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?