Jones Bros attends major careers event to inspire youngsters7th Oct 2015

One of Wales’ leading civil engineering firms will be encouraging young people to consider a career in the industry when it attends Skills Cymru in Llandudno this week.

Staff from Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK will be providing teenagers with the chance to test their skills on a plant simulator and a dumpy level, a device used in building and surveying to measure height differences.

Jones Bros, which employs 350 civil engineering professionals and operatives, is also keen to increase awareness of its award-winning apprenticeship scheme during the event.

Staff will be at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) stand with the plant simulator and at the Coleg Menai Get Skilled 2 stand where a civil engineer will demonstrate how a dumpy level works. Youngsters will earn the right to have a go at the simulator if they correctly complete a word search, while a trial of the dumpy level will involve correctly completing a short maths-based quiz.

Dave Gibson, health, safety, environment, quality and training manager at Jones Bros, said: “Our aim is to create interest in our general construction operative apprenticeship scheme. We’re also keen to increase awareness of civil engineering and our need for trainee civil engineers and hope lots of young people will visit our stands.”

Skills Cymru, the careers and skills events for Wales takes place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Wednesday, 7 October from 5-7pm and Thursday, 8 October from 9.30am-3pm.

More than 100 companies and organisations are taking part in the free event, which will include interactive features, hands-on demos and challenging activities.

Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros has grown significantly in the last decade. It is currently working on contracts including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.