Experienced training manager joins industry board for Wales14th Nov 2018

An experienced civil engineering and construction trainer has been invited onto the council of the industry’s training board.

Richard Owen, training manager at Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, joins the Wales council for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) on a three-year tenure.

The CITB works closely with businesses to encourage training, which helps to build a safe, professional, and fully-qualified workforce.

And Richard, who has been with Jones Bros for four years, joins the council to support the CITB as it works towards its 2020 vision to deliver a world-class construction workforce in the UK.

As part of the vision, the Wales council ensures that the CITB is aware of key challenges and opportunities in the sector including advising on topics such as skills and training grants.

In addition, the council will also play an active role in creating the CITB’s strategic business objectives for medium and long-term goals, which includes encouraging people into the industry.

Richard said: “Joining the Wales council is an excellent opportunity to help provide vital support for the construction workers of the future.

“By improving the training process in Wales, we will work towards better productivity and more highly skilled careers in the industry.

“I’m looking forward to representing Jones Bros, as we’re passionate about training people interested in developing a construction or civil engineering career. Indeed, some of our senior people at the company joined as an apprentice and have progressed through the ranks.”

Richard oversees all of Jones Bros’ training schemes from its award-winning training centre in Ruthin, which runs CITB approved courses in construction and plant operation.

The appointment continues the CITB’s strong links with Jones Bros, with the organisation naming the company its ‘Outstanding Training Partner’ and ‘Large Apprentice Employer of the Year’ in 2015.

The civil engineering contractor has recruited and trained 124 apprentices during the past four years.

Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros employs approximately 360 people. It operates across the UK in sectors including construction of waste management facilities, highways, and renewable energy projects such as wind farms.