The award-winning training department at Ruthin civil engineering company Jones Bros is to benefit from improved facilities after relocating to the firm’s new headquarters Ty Glyn.
The training section, previously based at Jones Bros long-standing premises on the outskirts of Ruthin, now boasts its own purpose-designed classrooms, assessment area and upgraded IT systems after moving into Ty Glyn.
Built for the Welsh Office in 1993, Ty Glyn has undergone a major re-design and refurbishment programme since being purchased by Jones Bros and was so named in recognition of Jones Bros co-founder Glyn Jones, who died aged 91 in 2012.
Dave Gibson, Jones Bros health, safety, environment, quality and training manager, said: “We are very pleased that the training department is now self-contained at Ty Glyn, where we have access to new facilities including purpose-built classrooms, new technology and a staff canteen.
“We have also built a glass-sided facility called the Pod where candidates can be monitored from the reception desk as they undergo computer based online tests.
Jones Bros training centre was established during the 1980’s to ensure the company’s workforce was trained to a high standard. Since that time it has developed into a facility that employs two full time plant trainers and a training co-ordinator, with access to a range of specialist training providers.
In 2014 Jones Bros won the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) ‘Outstanding Training Partner Award’ at the Pride of Construction Awards and the CITB “Large Apprentice Employer of The Year Award (Wales)” at the Apprenticeship Awards.
This year it has been named on the shortlist in the Training Excellence category for the Construction News Specialists Awards 2015.
Jones Bros has long been passionate about providing job opportunities for young people and to provide ongoing training and professional development to existing staff.
This commitment has continued down the years and even during times of recession it has continued to recruit apprentices and continue with its training programmes.
Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros employs approximately 300 people. It operates across the UK in sectors including construction of waste management facilities, highways and renewable energy projects such as wind farms.