Leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros is expanding its range of training courses after being approved to deliver industry specific qualifications from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The approval comes after the Ruthin-based company invested £10,000 to upgrade its training centre to enable re-assessments of highways maintenance workers.
An area of the training centre has been set aside for the courses, aimed at operators and supervisors working within the public and private sectors. The company can also take its training to its clients’ premises.
Jones Bros’ training manager Richard Owen, said: “We strive for the continual progression of our training centre and this has been acknowledged with approval from the SQA.
“We are passionate about our training and apprenticeship schemes at Jones Bros. It has enabled us to develop a highly-skilled, committed and loyal workforce over the years.
“While we’ve been offering external training for several years, we’re pleased to extend our package of training courses to the highways sector. Our flexibility enables us to go to our clients as well as them attending the training centre.”
People working in highways maintenance have to be reassessed every five years in skills including installing traffic management systems and carrying out underground land surveys.
Training and assessments available at Jones Bros training centre includes reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials, reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials and the monitoring of signing, lighting and guarding.
SQA is the national awarding body in Scotland and provides a wide range of high quality, industry-recognised qualifications and associated services.
Tammy Willett, regional manager for Wales at SQA, said: “We are delighted to confirm Jones Brothers as a SQA approved centre, giving them the opportunity to deliver our industry recognised qualifications and support the wider aims of their business.”
Founded in the 1950s and employing 350 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.