Twm believes youngsters should contemplate apprenticeship schemes6th Feb 2024

Twm Tudor is urging the younger generation to consider apprenticeship schemes after flourishing with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.

Unsure of whether a university degree in civil engineering was the right path to take after COVID-19 disrupted his studies, the 20-year-old took a different route.

As he deliberated over his future, a trip to the Royal Welsh Show and a visit to the stand run by Jones Bros saw Twm apply for the higher apprenticeship scheme.

Run in conjunction with Coleg Cambria, the deadline to join the innovative four-year course had passed, but his CV caught the eye.

Twm said: “I was gutted but hoped for a miracle. Luckily, the miracle happened!

“To this day, I’m grateful to the company for having such faith in me.”

Twm’s interest in a more hands-on learning approach was sparked by spending time out on building sites with his father during the pandemic.

He continued: “I’m keen to share my experience with Jones Bros because I feel there is too much pressure on young people such as myself to go to university.

“I know that universities have an important role in the education system, but there’s more than one way to succeed.

“I’d like to get the message across to people who are in the same situation as I was. They should look carefully at all the options and not rush into making their decision – there’s plenty of time to consider everything carefully.

“Jones Bros also offers more than engineering apprenticeships – there is something that will appeal to everyone from learning engineering skills to operating plant and machinery.

“I enjoy my work every single day and I am very glad that I chose this career pathway.”

Anglesey born and bred, Twm’s first on-site experience was at multi-million-pound tidal energy scheme Morlais.

Less than 10 miles from his home in Bryngwran, he helped the team build the renewables project’s onshore infrastructure.

He said: “This was one of the first developments of its kind and an amazing experience. I enjoyed every second, even the wind and the rain!

“I did feel a bit nervous when I started on site, but everyone was fantastic and gave me their full support, especially the management team and the engineering department. These experienced individuals have provided role models for me to aspire to.

“Being able to work on this scheme so close to home was wonderful and I’m proud to have played a small part in the process.”

The location of the development also allowed Twm to converse in his native language.

He added: “Being able to chat and learn through the medium of Welsh was very reassuring and made the experience so much nicer, particularly working in the area where I grew up.”

Tony Murphy, head of HR and business management systems for Jones Bros, said: “Twm’s passion for the industry and willingness to work hard are clear to see.

“He has brought a positive and can-do attitude to every task, especially Morlais, where he was a key member of the team.

“We pride ourselves in offering opportunities where people can learn and grow in the classroom and on live schemes, and Twm has grasped those chances with both hands.”

Coleg Cambria tutor Matthew Owen added: “Twm has quickly adapted to his environment, allowing him to effectively tackle complex assignments.

“Over the last two years, his dedication and adherence to strong work ethics and core values have been evident, along with his consistent display of professionalism.

“As part of an apprenticeship group that engages in a 12-week block cycle each year, Twm is surrounded by individuals who share his drive and commitment.

“In return this means, thanks to all involved, the future of our industry is in safe hands.”

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.

The company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highways, flood and marine defence, waste management and renewable energy around the UK.

The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced nearly 40 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.