Jones Bros recruits for inaugural groundworks apprenticeships29th Sep 2015

Aspiring apprentices are invited to apply for a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship programme run by civil engineering company Jones Bros.

The Ruthin-based company is launching a groundworks apprenticeship scheme, offering an initial six places to young people in November.

The apprenticeships are open to applicants aged 18-24. They will bolster the number of workers at the company trained in road infrastructure skills, such as drainage, kerbing and manhole construction.

To prepare for the new course, Jones Bros has upgraded its in-house training centre to include an area for excavating and locating underground services, and provision for working on different road surfaces.

During the last year the firm hired 23 plant operatives from among young people completing its award-winning apprenticeship programme.

Dave Gibson, Jones Bros’ health, safety, environment, quality and training manager, said: “These posts are different and additional to the plant operative apprenticeships we’ve previously offered. They will ensure we continue to have a good mix of skills within our workforce.

“We’re looking for applicants with an attention to detail and precision, which is crucial for the type of work they’ll be completing on site.

“The apprenticeships provide a fantastic chance to start a career in the construction industry, with opportunities to work on a number of projects across the UK.

“Their introduction reinforces our commitment to developing a home-grown workforce and providing opportunities to young people in North Wales.”

Highways and infrastructure construction is an area of expertise for Jones Bros, which is working on the A487 Caernarfon to Bontnewydd Bypass in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty.

The apprentices will learn about drainage installation, laying kerbs and channels and calculating quantities for construction, as well as training on plant including forward tipping dump trucks and ride-on rollers. Participants will also learn about construction site health, safety and welfare and putting civil engineering technology into practice.

Successful participants will achieve their blue ‘Skilled Worker’ CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card and a red CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) card for each category of plant.

Successful applicants will train at Jones Bros’ centre in Ruthin, before putting their skills into practice at one of the company’s construction sites.

Applicants must have a full UK driving licence, an interest in working in both construction and labouring on civil engineering sites, be prepared to work away from home, and show enthusiasm and a desire to learn new skills. The closing date for applications is October 9.

For information on how to apply, click here.

Founded in the 1950s and employing 350 people, 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.