Former Scottish trainee has bright future after qualifying as engineer8th Sep 2014

Jones Bros’ first Scottish trainee is ready to tackle challenging projects across the country after successfully completing his civil engineering qualification.

Jonathan Maitland, 22, (pictured) who was recruited by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK three years ago, has been busy putting the skills learned on his HNC in civil engineering course into practice on projects across Scotland.

Having now graduated from the University of the Highlands & Islands, Inverness College, Jonathan will continue to develop his skills working on a range of renewables projects being carried out by Jones Bros.

Jonathan, from Stornoway, Lewis, who achieved a grade A in his HNC exams, is also busy compiling work for his Level 3 SVQ in Civil Engineering, which he hopes to complete in the coming months.

“I’m loving my job, no two days are the same and I am learning new stuff all the time,” said Jonathan who took a gap year to go travelling before taking up his role with Jones Bros.

“I particularly enjoy working on wind farm and landfill projects and hope to develop my expertise on an increasing number of hydro projects being carried out by Jones Bros.”

As a civil engineer, Jonathan’s responsibilities include surveying and setting out plans prior to the start of a project and briefing workers in health and safety practices.

His training has seen the young civil engineer work on a range of projects, including a £2.5m landfill facility in Stornoway, as well as working on a £5m wind farm development at Lochluichart, near Inverness.

Mike O’Connor, Jones Bros project manager, said: “As soon as we interviewed Jonathan we knew he had the right skills and aptitude for the job and he has gone on to prove us right.

“He is an asset to Jones Bros and his growing experience will be particularly valuable in Scotland as our portfolio of work in the region grows.”

Jones Bros has two offices in Scotland, in Linlithgow and Inverness and firmly established its reputation with renewable energy projects by completing the Crystal Rig wind farm in the Scottish borders. Engineers overcame severe weather and a remote environment to create one of the UK’s largest wind farms.

Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 300 people, Jones Bros works on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.