Jones Bros unveils revamped training centre27th Sep 2010

North Wales based civil engineering company Jones Bros has unveiled its revamped training centre.

Jones Bros now provides a range of training courses and apprenticeships that enable youngsters to gain qualifications, whilst learning on the job.

The family-run firm, based in Ruthin, is also the only independent accredited Modern Apprenticeship Training provider in the UK.

Students are put through their paces at the company’s Ruthin-based training centre, with its purpose-designed training and testing suite and at Jones Bros’ quarry at the Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen, which provides a 100-acre area to support practical training in the safe operation of large excavating and earth-moving machinery.

Guy Brookes, Jones Bros training manager, said: “About half of our training is tailored for external companies or individuals who sign up independently after simply phoning up or knocking on the door. We are anticipating keen interest in the coming weeks.

“Our courses include an apprenticeship scheme where young people undertake a 12-week on-block training programme. Those who successfully complete the training programme then undertake on-site work for the apprentice’s sponsor company. This work is monitored over an 18-month period, resulting in an NVQ Level 2 qualification.”

Courses take place regularly and courses can be tailored to meet individual needs.

They include:

·   Construction Management Training (Health & Safety/Environmental)

·   Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

·   Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)

·   Specialised Plant Machinery Operations (SPMO) – Level 2

·   Modern Apprenticeship Training Scheme (SPMO)

·   Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

·   Construction Skills Competence Scheme (CSCS)

·   Emergency first aid – one day course

·   Plant/workshop safety awareness

Guy added: “Our staff have all worked in the industry, gaining a wide variety of skills prior to becoming trainers. This means they are well aware of the ‘everyday’ issues of being on site and can help trainees relate their classroom training to real world scenarios.”