Jones Bros plays its part as Urdd Eisteddfod 2022 returns in style29th Jun 2022

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK showed its support for the largest national cultural event held for young people in Wales since before COVID-19.

The Ruthin-headquartered company sponsored the art, design, and technology virtual exhibition, attended by 6,000 people via the official app for the Urdd Eisteddfod 2022, which was held in Denbigh.

The app is an extremely popular resource with those attending the Eisteddfod, and for people following from home, as they keep up to date with the action.

More than 40,000 people have already downloaded the app due to the number of activities available, as well as information about competitions and results, a virtual map, and a section to create a bespoke individual weekly timetable.

Some 118,000 people attended the free-to-enter festival that saw thousands of competitors from across Wales performing on stage at one of the three pavilions.

Jones Bros also had a stand at the week-long event where several employees were on hand to hand out bilingual leaflets on the award-winning apprenticeship scheme.

A video of the Denbighshire-based Clocaenog Wind Farm, on which Jones Bros was the principal contractor, was played at the company’s stand, which also provided youngsters a chance to construct items out of straws and try on hard hats and hi-vis jackets.

Tony Murphy, head of HR and business management systems for Jones Bros, said: “It was fantastic to be part of such an incredible event that gives people from the local community and beyond an opportunity to have a wonderful time.

“To be able to talk to so many young people about the work we’ve done in both the region of Denbighshire and in wider North Wales was wonderful.

“It’s superb to see the event so well attended and those we had at the stand thoroughly enjoyed being able to build a structure out of straws whilst trying on a hard hat and a hi-vis jacket.”

The Urdd Eisteddfod will return between 29 May and 3 June 2023 in Carmarthenshire.

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.

The company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highways, flood and marine defence, waste management and renewable energy around the UK.

The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced nearly 50 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.