AN AWARD-WINNING apprentice has spoken of the benefits of learning his trade as his company prepares to offer 14 new training placements.

Josh Wyn Roberts, 19, was named most promising apprentice at the 2012 Civil Engineering Contractors Association Wales awards.

And he believes Ruthin-based civil engineering firm Jones Bros set him up with the skills needed for a successful career in the construction industry.

Josh said: “This is a career I’ve always wanted to get into. My grandfather was in a similar line of work, and Jones Bros helped me get the skills needed.

“The quality of the training was fantastic, and I love my work.

“Obviously then going on to win the award was brilliant – and a testament to the opportunity offered to me.”

Josh was joined at the awards by fellow Jones Bros trainee Rhys Roberts, who was a runner-up in the most promising trainee civil engineer category.

After completing his initial 12-week apprenticeship, Josh was kept on by Jones Bros and has since operated heavy machinery at projects across the UK.

And he said the variety of opportunities provided to apprentices helped him develop his skills.

The company is now getting ready to offer 14 new training placements ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 11-15.

The placements on offer include three for new trainees aged 18 and over to join Jones Bros’ plant operator apprenticeship scheme, as well as one for an apprentice in plant maintenance.

Jones Bros is also looking for 10 people who have achieved, or are close to completing, a HNC in engineering to join the firm as trainee engineers.

All apprenticeship and trainee placements will earn a wage and will pick up vital trade skills by taking on a 12-week course at the firm’s dedicated training centre next to its headquarters.

Training will also take place at Jones Bros’ 100-acre quarry on the nearby Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen, before apprentices join work on-site.

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