James Symon an apprentice from Aberdare started his apprenticeship programme with Jones Bros in April 2014. As part of his training, James has learned how to drive 40 tonne dumper trucks as well as compactor rollers. These skills and qualifications are being put to use to develop access roads across the 4,600-hecter Pen Y Cymoedd Wind farm site. This is a project we are completing as a joint venture with Balfour Beatty and will be the largest windfarm in England and Wales. He has achieved his Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) red card in 8 categories and in 2015 was nominated for Apprentice of the Year in the Construction News Specialist Awards 2016.
Geraint joined us as an apprentice plant operator in March 2015. He had completed his ‘A’ Levels at the local College and knew that, despite encouragement from his parents, he didn’t want to “follow the crowd” and go to University. He is now working on one of our sites gaining experience as part of his apprenticeship.
“Working on a Jones Brothers site you can gain a wide variety of experiences and skills due to their multiple fields of work. Working as part of a team and getting to know different people all the time and also making new friends has made it a very enjoyable experience.”
Aaron began working with Jones Bros in February 2015 and joined our team to work on the construction of the new show room and workshop facility for Mona Tractors’, John Deer dealership in Llanystumdwy where he assisted the site agent. Aaron is currently studying a HNC in Civil Engineering on a day release at Llandrillo College.
“When I am on site, I feel at ease and in my element. I enjoy working as part of a team, as well as having the confidence and support from managers and colleagues alike at Jones Bros. I feel privileged to be working for such a high-quality organisation whereby I feel thoroughly supported, yet given the opportunity to complete tasks independently to develop and grow my skill set.”
Lisa Tudor began her career as a trainee quantity surveyor at Jones Bros after completing a degree in mathematics, statistics and operational research at Cardiff University. In her time here at Jones Bros Lisa has gained valuable experiences on projects such as Pen y Cymoedd Wind farm and has also been involved in bidding for work by calculating and estimating prices and reviewing contractual documents. While gaining experience on different projects she achieved an MSc in Quantity Surveying from Salford University and has recently achieved her chartered status qualification with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
“I considered all of my options after finishing my university course and decided to apply for a traineeship at Jones Bros and have gained lots of experience since then. People sometimes think quantity surveyors simply count bricks but there is so much more to it, with elements of the law, finance and planning with lots of opportunities for career development”
Rhys Roberts joined Jones Bros in 2007 having been offered an apprenticeship after doing work experience here while completing his A levels. After graduating from the Civil Engineering Training Scheme he has built up significant experience while working on a number of renewable energy projects. In 2015 Rhys completed his registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) with the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE).
“Jones Bros has given me plenty of opportunities to build up my skills and experience. I am responsible for a number of duties on site, including the design and assessment of site tracks and helping with controlling plant across site. I really enjoy my job, and love putting site plans into place so that you can see visible progress on the project as the weeks pass by.”
Heledd started working here in summer 2012, as a summer placement student while she completed her degree in BSc, Accounting and Finance at Bangor University. During this time she gained experience working with the purchase ledger department . After she completed her course in Bangor University Jones Bros offered her a full time position in the finance team and sponsorship to continue with her professional qualifications and become a chartered accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).