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Laing O'Rourke

Laing O’Rourke Corporation Limited is the largest privately owned construction company in the UK, operating across three hubs: Europe, the Middle East & Asia and Australasia.

Involvement in complex and challenging projects demands commitment to engineering excellence worldwide.

Led by Chairman and Chief Executive, Ray O’Rourke, the business has grown rapidly since R O’Rourke & Son Ltd acquired Laing Construction in 2001.

Laing O’Rourke has earned a reputation for successfully delivering the most ambitious and innovative construction projects. Among the most well known in recent years in the UK have been Heathrow Terminal 5, the Eurostar Terminal at the revamped St Pancras International station and the new Grandstand at Ascot.

Our vision is to be the employer of first choice, operating with leanness and agility and with a reputation for corporate responsibility. Laing O’Rourke is involved in some of the most challenging and interesting projects worldwide in all sectors of the industry. The business has a thirst for innovation at all stages in the lifecycle of projects. We provide exciting career opportunities across all sectors of building construction and civil engineering projects and associated in-house specialist services of foundations, modular construction/manufacturing, frame construction and building services.

Laing O’Rourke’s business in the Middle East, Asia and Australia continues to expand rapidly offering exciting and rewarding opportunities for ambitious professionally qualified engineers with a taste for adventure.

Key to these successes has been a strong focus on engineering solutions and a total commitment to the education and development of engineering undergraduates.

Undergraduate scholarships and training placements provide students with hands-on experience of modern construction and have become the principal entry route for graduates joining the business. On joining the company, graduate engineers undertake a combination of site-based mentoring and a full accredited training programme leading to Incorporated and Chartered status. Further career development into senior engineering and management positions is encouraged through participation in higher level leadership, management and technical programmes.

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£27,000 - Starting salary for graduates up to £27k base
single cover BUPA
company pension
25 days annual leave

Graduate profile: Victoria Squire
Victoria first worked with Laing O’Rourke on her undergraduate summer placement at Stansted Airport in June 2002. Inspired by this experience, she was successful in her application for final year sponsorship at the University of Portsmouth.

Following graduation, she worked on the iconic Heathrow Terminal 5 project as a member of the airfield engineering team. Here she gained invaluable technical experience as a site engineer, before progressing to a leadership position managing the fit-out works.

Her responsibilities included work on design and technical engineering, requiring her to interface with a wide range of stakeholders. This led to her being appointed Handover Champion for the whole airfield team, where she was responsible for negotiating and agreeing key milestones with the client.

Victoria then moved to Laing O’Rourke’s head office in Dartford, Kent. Here she took up a placement with the Infrastructure Business Development Team, where she was engaged in all aspects of the work-winning process. She worked with bid managers on successful prequalification and tender submissions which required her to use the technical skills gained during her practical site experience.

Victoria then took up the position of section engineer on the Cardiff International Sports Village, responsible for widening of an existing road to dual carriageway, and construction of a new roundabout.

Her current role, again as a section engineer, is on the M62 Junction 6 Improvements Scheme near Liverpool, where she has primarily been responsible for the motorway communications and gantry packages – managing sub-contractors and coordinating with suppliers.

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