Civil engineering company recruiting apprentice plant drivers

A Jones Bros employee operates the plant’s equipment on the Dogger Bank project, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Images Copyright © Darren Casey DCimaging

A LEADER civil engineering company in North Wales is recruiting up to 30 apprentices to start in early 2022, as it holds its first career day since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, which is working on projects across the UK, is looking to recruit apprentice factory operators and wants to hear from anyone interested, from young people who have left school to those considering a career change.

The Ruthin-based company will open the doors of its specially designed training site in Denbigh on Saturday, November 27 for the open house, with two sessions, starting at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. respectively, each lasting two hours. Lunch is provided.

The event will offer the chance to speak to current and recent trainers as well as apprentices on topics such as career progression and what it’s like on site. Participants will also have the opportunity to see some of the machines they will learn to use.

The apprenticeship is open to anyone aged 17 and over with a valid driver’s license. Jones Bros will also be arranging local accommodation for those traveling further afield for the initial training period.

Garmon Hafal, head of training at Jones Bros, who has recruited over 100 apprentices over the past three years, said: “Over 90% of them complete their apprenticeship and 85% choose to stay with us once. graduates, which illustrates the success of our program. .

“We are passionate about giving young people life skills as well as real career opportunities.

“In addition to spending time in our training center, which is one of the best for construction apprentices, the learners spend a significant amount of time on live construction sites. We are currently working on major infrastructure projects including motorways, renewables and waste management across the UK.

Cai Evans, from Tremeirchion, Denbighshire, completed his apprenticeship this month.

Cai, 19, who recently worked on the Colomendy industrial area, said: “I just had my last observations, where someone is evaluating what you do in the course of your job, for safety and competence. , so that I can qualify for the operation of plant equipment.

“The whole process went smoothly and I learned so much and worked on projects across the UK. I have the impression that yesterday, I was sitting in the interview to speak with Garmon about the different careers offered by the company.

“There are so many opportunities to improve. You can go deeper into the factory and move into supervisory roles, or there is the engineering path, which involves more project management, but either way you can learn a lot.

More than 40 percent of the existing operators at the Jones Bros. site started as apprentices. The emphasis on the direct employment of factory operators also leads the family entrepreneur in civil engineering to go beyond the standards required by apprenticeship.

Garmon added, “At the end of the course, graduates can use six to eight different machines, compared to a minimum of three, and gain additional qualifications such as first aid.

“Once you complete this initial four to eight week training period in Denbigh, you will learn on the job on live sites and move up to a higher rate of pay. We also offer an additional accommodation allowance when working away from home.

“We have new intake every three months, so if for example you don’t have your driver’s license yet, I encourage you to come.”

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