Jones Bros training manager Richard Owen invited onto the BBC to discuss apprenticeships29th Aug 2017

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK training manager Richard Owen was interviewed live on the BBC as part of a feature focusing on options for youngsters who received their GCSE results.

Richard was invited onto the Taro’r Post programme on BBC Radio Cymru to discuss apprenticeships and career opportunities at Jones Bros. He was interviewed by host Garry Owen for the show, which responds to the day’s topics.

The family firm, which employs close to 350 people, has recruited 60 apprentices in the past two years, with plans to take on a further 60 in the next 12 months.

And Richard was pleased to have the opportunity to encourage youngsters to look at all options following their exams.

“GCSE results day is the culmination of five years of hard work in high school,” he said.

“Regardless of whether you are happy with your results or not, there are career opportunities here at Jones Bros.

“Some of our best apprentices have been those who didn’t get the results they were hoping for. We value hard work, honesty, and the right attitude very highly.

“Our apprenticeships include plant operators, general operatives, and plant maintenance. In addition to our apprenticeships, we have various training schemes spanning civil engineering-specific roles to head office support roles including finance and health and safety.”

Jones Bros has 30 apprentices at varying stages of learning, with all trained at the company’s dedicated training yard in Ruthin.

The business is also running two careers events in North West Wales in September, giving people of all ages the chance to find out more about the firm and current vacancies.

Richard added: “Jones Bros puts huge emphasis on developing internal talent and putting the structures in place to allow its employees to thrive.

“It’s not just an apprenticeship, it’s a career opportunity. More than 80 per cent of people who completed the apprenticeship are now full-time employees here at the company.”

Jones Bros appeared on BBC Radio Cymru in March as part of national apprenticeship week, and has joined forces with Coleg Menai to boost the skills and qualifications of construction workers in the region.

The company also appeared in a Daily Post feature on career options for A level graduates.

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