Jones Bros showcased its expertise in offshore wind farms after being approached by the Welsh Government to meet representatives from the Japanese Wind Power Association (JWPA), visiting North Wales.
JWPA highlighted the region as a key player, with the UK’s first offshore wind project, North Hoyle, located at Liverpool Bay, with further schemes continuing to be developed off the coast.
The association headed to North Wales to gain a better understanding of the offshore wind industry and to be informed on new and existing projects.
During a three-day visit, the JWPA had a window into the manufacturing industry, developers, and port owners.
Grant Harris, engineering manager at Jones Bros, presented to the JWPA and talked about the civil engineering firm’s industry-leading work on key offshore wind schemes.
He highlighted how Jones Bros carries out the self-delivery on the majority of its projects, whilst also working with trusted supply chain partners.
Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and Morlais, which has seen Jones Bros secure the main contract worth £23.5m to build onshore infrastructure, were two key schemes that Grant covered in his presentation.
The presentation also outlined Jones Bros’ investment in people, with nearly 50 per cent of its staff progressing through its award-winning apprenticeship scheme.
Grant said: “We’re proud to have been approached by the Welsh Government to be involved in the visit from the Japanese Wind Power Association.
“We welcomed the opportunity to share the key renewable energy projects we are working on, whilst showcasing our skills as a UK contractor and highlighting our commitment to career development.
“It was an informative experience on both sides, and we hope to be involved with future visits from the association.”
Grant also spoke about Jones Bros’ long and established history in renewable energy, which includes onshore wind farms all over the UK.
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.
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.