Six teenagers are celebrating after graduating from Jones Bros’ apprenticeship scheme.
The youngsters, who started work with the firm three months ago, are the first to undergo a newly-designed training programme at Jones Bros revamped training centre.
They are now heading off to various Jones Bros projects across the UK to gain valuable experience on site.
The new-look scheme means apprentices join the payroll and earn a wage from the outset as permanent Jones Bros employees.
Also, for the first time, the apprentices completed a 12 week introductory course at the company’s purpose-designed training centre next to its Ruthin headquarters, rather than at a national training college in Norfolk.
The young apprentices, aged 17-19 also underwent training at Jones Bros’ 100-acre quarry site at the Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen, learning how to operate various kinds of plant and machinery, before sitting a series of verbal and practical exams.
Jones Bros trainees undergo Foundation Modern Apprenticeships working towards their NVQ Level 2. The company runs its scheme through Construction Skills Wales.
Training Manager Guy Brookes said: “Our apprentices have done really well and have worked very hard. They will no doubt make a very valuable contribution to the sites they go to.”
As a family firm, Jones Bros apprenticeship scheme is highly-valued by the company, having been at the vanguard of quality training for decades.
The apprenticeship scheme is also open to employees of other companies, and in many cases, grant-aided assistance is available.
As well as construction skills, specialised courses are available in everything from safety awareness to emergency first aid.
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