Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award recognising the value it places in its apprentices.
The civil engineering contractor’s commitment to offering training and development opportunities has been acknowledged with a nomination for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprentice Employer of the Year award.
The nomination follows Jones Bros’ success at the recent CITB Gold Awards, a special ceremony to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary, where the company won the Outstanding Training Partner award.
Jones Bros has a longstanding commitment to recruiting apprentices, and is one of a small number of civil engineering contractors in the UK that operates its own dedicated training centre.
Representatives from the CITB visited Jones Bros’ training department in Ruthin recently to present a golden ticket to the awards ceremony, which takes place on November 19.
Jones Bros’ contracts director John Dielhof said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for our efforts by the CITB, as Jones Bros places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of apprenticeships and training.
“We have increased our investment in apprentices in recent years, taking on more than ever before. All who have completed their apprenticeship have gone on to join our workforce on projects across the UK.
“Many of our senior engineers have risen through the ranks from similar positions, and it’s our hope that our latest apprentices will have similarly successful careers in civil engineering.”
Over the last 12 months, Jones Bros has recruited 15 apprentices, each of which undertakes day release at college or completes an 8-10 week course at Jones Bros’ training centre before applying their skills at a variety of projects located across the UK
Alongside its successful training and apprenticeship programme, Jones Bros is also looking for graduates in disciplines including maths, quantity surveying or construction who have an interest in starting a career in civil engineering.
Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 300 people, Jones Bros has grown rapidly in the last decade. It is currently working on contracts including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.