Jones Bros hit the airwaves when BBC Radio Cymru interviewed director Ruth James and apprentice Gary Salisbury about the firm’s biggest ever single investment in plant machinery.
The BBC’s Gethin Morris Williams visited Jones Bros’ training centre to find out more about the £9.8m investment and how it will aid the company’s ability to recruit more apprentices.
The interview was broadcast live on BBC Radio Cymru’s breakfast show, one of the nation’s leading Welsh language radio programmes.
As part of the investment, orders for more than 50 vehicles, including 35-tonne excavators, bulldozers and articulated dump trucks have been taken, as Jones Bros prepares to commence work on major projects including the £90m Caernarfon by-pass.
Apprentice Gary Salisbury talked about his experiences on Jones Bros’ apprenticeship scheme, which has recruited a record 60 people during the past two years.
Gary said: “The apprenticeship programme ensures jobs for the future and because there is a job there at the end of the apprenticeship it gives you options, like if you’re thinking of buying a car or a house.
“I’m a general construction operative so I can drive plant and carry out manual labour, so you get the best of both worlds.”
Ruth James said: “The level of the investment is consistent with the growth the company’s seen in the last few years. It also reflects the confidence we have in our ability and the level of the planned work we have coming in.”
The interview was the beginning of a busy day at Jones Bros, with Ken Skates, the Welsh Government’s Secretary of Economy and Infrastructure, also visiting Jones Bros’ training centre.
Listen to the full interview here.
Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros operates across the UK in sectors including construction of waste management facilities, highways and renewable energy projects such as wind farms.