Jones Bros’ approach to people development recognised at prestigious UK construction awards11th Nov 2019

A leading civil engineering firm has been recognised for its approach to people development at a UK-wide construction awards night.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK work on career progression was nominated in the People Development category at the Constructing Excellence (CE) awards after the company scooped the prize at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Awards earlier this year.

The Ruthin-based firm’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme has produced more than 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role.

Jones Bros’ training and workforce manager Richard Owen said the company’s awards success this year represented its place as a leading civil engineering contractor.

Richard said: “The construction and engineering industry is a demanding sector affected by many influences including economic, political, cultural, and technological advancements.

“Jones Bros’ continued success in this industry is driven by remaining personable and flexible as well as continually investing in and developing a professional, well-trained, dedicated, and highly motivated workforce.

“We actively promote training opportunities and continued development in all areas of the business. We are very proud of our commitment to our people, and this nomination is a reminder of that to everyone at Jones Bros.”

The nomination is the latest that Jones Bros has secured at the CE UK awards after its joint venture with Balfour Beatty, the Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Energy Project, was named civil engineering project of the year in 2018.

Established in the 1950s, the civil engineering contractor is now being run by the second and third generations of the founding family, employs more than 350 people, and has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.

It works on the construction of waste management facilities, highways, renewable energy, and flood and marine defence projects around the UK.