Ruthin-based Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK have been applauded for the opportunities they are providing young people at their Denbigh training centre and for their future plans for the former Denbigh Hospital site.
Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies praised the company after recently visiting its purpose-built training centre at the Denbigh site.
During his visit he met with company Chairman Huw Jones, Training Manager Garmon Hafal, and Development Manager Cathryn Johnson to discuss Jones Bros’ goal to recruit 20 apprentices between now and September, as well as the benefits for applicants, which includes the chance to gain several qualifications, the ability to work on some of the UK’s leading projects, and career progression.
They also discussed the outline planning application submitted by Jones Bros to Denbighshire County Council to redevelop the site by building 300 new homes as well as facilities for local businesses, shops and leisure activities.
Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies said:
“Jones Bros only moved into the new training facility in April last year, but they are already going from strength to strength and their achievements deserve much praise.
“Their apprenticeship programmes include plant operators, general construction operatives and higher apprenticeships via a HNC and HND. These are fantastic opportunities for young people who perhaps are unable or do not wish to take the academic route.
“We were told that out of more than 500 employees, 200 have completed a Jones Bros apprenticeship, with another 75 currently progressing through their programme. Also many will work on the Denbigh Hospital redevelopment plans subject to planning consent.
“The scheme looks impressive and will inject a significant amount of money into the local economy.”
Jones Bros training manager Garmon Hafal said:
“We moved into our training facility in April 2020, and it’s one of the best in the UK for construction apprentices.
“We are passionate about offering career opportunities for everyone across all levels of our apprenticeship programmes.
“For example, we have taken on people who did not perform as well as they would have liked academically and given them skills for life, with upwards of 10 qualifications across 14 months.
“We’ve also welcomed individuals who were seeking to change careers or aiming to take their first steps into the industry.
“We have a 91 per cent course completion rate, with close to 85 per cent staying on with Jones Bros. Both are exceptional numbers and I don’t believe there is a better opportunity for young people looking to get into the construction sector than what we have here.”