Jones Bros Training Centre - Magnox Staff put to the test


Plant trainers from Jones Bros Civil Engineering recently helped staff from a decommissioned nuclear power station get to grips with an impressive piece of heavy machinery.

A team of Magnox employees from the decommissioned Trawsfynydd site in Blaenaeu Ffestiniog visited Jones Bros’ dedicated Training Centre in Ruthin to undergo rigourous training on a Merlo telehandler.

This giant all-terrain forklift is used to transport all manner of heavy goods and Magnox wanted their staff to gain the CPCS training qualification to enable them to operate it safely and efficiently.

As members of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, Jones Bros proved to be ideal hosts for the two-week long tuition and even altered their training course to meet the demands of the qualification.

Dave Gibson, Jones Bros’ Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Training Manager said

“I’m pleased that Magnox were happy with the training we provided and I hope it is something we can continue into the future.”

Paul Richardson of Magnox’ Trawsfynydd site said

“Jones Bros put together an excellent training package for us. We were very pleased with the quality of the training and the facilities themselves.”

The course also provided a special occasion for the Jones Bros staff, as long serving trainer Ken Jones completed his final examination and assessment for the civil engineering company and new training officer Huw Isaac Williams delivered his first training course for the company.

Mr Jones, 67, was brought in to carry out the Magnox employees’ final tests after they had been put through their paces by Huw.

Dave Gibson said

“It was quite an intense couple of weeks and a busy one for Huw to start with. He did a great job and Ken took his part in his stride, as he has done for years. It was great to see the two pass over the torch of training here at Jones Bros.”