Opportunities for progression8th Nov 2021

Cai Evans, 19, from Tremeirchion has just completed his plant operative apprenticeship and after a year working on sites, has taken the opportunity to progress towards a more advanced engineering qualification.

The former Ysgol Glan Clwyd pupil is to continue on to a higher apprenticeship, which was developed by Jones Bros in conjunction with Coleg Cambria, and can lead to degree-level qualifications in civil engineering.

Cai has worked on a variety of projects, including on infrastructure for the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank in Hull.

He is currently part of the team at the Colomendy Industrial Estate in Denbighshire where the company is building new roads as part of the expansion of an industrial estate. As a result of all of this experience he is now well-versed in how drawings become reality out in the field.

Cai said: “I’ll be full time in the classroom for the first two months, and then I’ll go back, in around a year, to finish the Higher National Certificate (HNC), and then onto the Higher National Diploma (HND).

“Because of my experience as a plant operative, I have a good understanding of how work is accomplished on site which has given me a bit of a head start.

“When I started, I hadn’t considered going beyond the apprenticeship, but once I got out there onto site, I could see what the engineers were doing, talk to them about it, and my interest grew.

“It was clear how enthusiastic I was; they are always happy to support those who want to develop their skills. Garmon and the rest of the apprentice training team were all really pleased to see me getting involved with the engineering side.

“If you don’t think the higher qualifications are necessarily for you, you can also go down the operative route and on to supervisor roles, but either way there is so much you can learn.

“You get to see so many different projects as well, and with different teams too, but wherever you are, everyone gets on well, and we all muck in get on with the job together.”