Category Archives: Community

Young Enterprise North Wales Final 2017

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the Young Enterprise North Wales Final 2017.

The afternoon showcased the final groups and their businesses as well as crowning the winners for each category.

The overall winners will go down to Cardiff to compete in the National Final.

It was great to see the teams speaking so proudly of their projects and what they had accomplished!

Community Fund Presentation – St Johns Ambulance Llanberis

Last Friday we were delighted to present St Johns Ambulance Llanberis Division a cheque from the Community Fund. The money was used to purchase the ambulance pictured!

Duvet day raffle for Ty Gobaith

This week we have been selling raffle tickets for the chance to win an extra paid day off!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets for the duvet day. We raised a massive £338.00 for Ty Gobaith!

(Which our Group Managing Director, Mark Watkin Jones will match!!)

The winner of the duvet day this year was Rachel Sealey, an Assistant Quantity Surveyor based in St Asaph, well done Rachel!

Silent auction for Ty Gobaith

Last week we held an internal silent auction for charity Ty Gobaith.

Ty Gobaith is a fantastic charity who provide specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

We would like to say how truly thankful we are to the businesses that donated items for this fantastic cause!

C L Jones, TG concrete, James & Taylor, SIG ltd, Ready Fix, Mona F&T, Roger W Jones, Xtratherm, Wirral Building Supplies, Brandon Hire, Oriel House Hotel, Pin Ups hair and make up, Coco Skye personalised prints, Experience days, Paul Edwards Fitness and Chester race course – You helped us raised £494.13 to add to our growing total.

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Hawarden High School talks construction

On Tuesday 5th May 2015 the Group Managing Director, Mark Watkin Jones, visited Hawarden high school in Ewloe to talk to year 11 & 12 students about career opportunities in Construction. He spoke about the company’s history and how he has evolved the business in the past 15 years. The students were enthusiastic and asked many questions, hopefully we will inspire the students into a future career within the construction industry.


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Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle – Dragon’s Den

Today we attended Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle near Caernarfon to host a business enterprise event designed by the Watkin Jones Group, we were joined at the event by the CITB and Career Wales to promote business, enterprise and the construction industry to the students. The event involved the students producing a business initative which they will present to a panel of ‘Dragons’ for judging next week – judges will include Sarah Griffith, HR Manager.

Well done to everyone involved, hopefully we will be inspiring the students into a future career within the construction industry.

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Ysgol Ardal, Groselon site visit

In February we welcomed a group of 9 secondary school pupils to site from nearby Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle. Today we welcomed them back to take a look at the progress since their last visit. They met with the Site Manager, took part in a site tour, where they saw our subcontractors in action. They have asked to come back to see the finished result!

This site visit forms part of our commitment to engaging with the local community and is one of many activities we have planned with local educational establishments this year. Thank you to everyone who attended.





Ysgol Friars . . . Who Wants A Career In Construction?

Today we visited Ysgol Friars, a local secondary school in Bangor, following a recent visit from our Group Managing Director, Mark Watkin Jones, they had invited us back to discuss our business with pupils that had chosen construction as a possible career path.

We discussed our history, the job roles and opportunities available and options for the pupils once they receive their GCSE results. We also advised them on interview skills and extra curricular activities and how they can help when applying for future roles.

The response received from the school has been extremely positive and we have been asked to hold mock interviews for the current Years 12’s.


Health, Safety & Environmental Presentation – LJMU


In December work commenced at Byrom Street in Liverpool. This mixed-use scheme will provide an additional 398 student beds in the City, together with 361 sqm of ground floor retail space.

As our site is located directly opposite Liverpool John Moore’s University, we were keen to get them on board and met with them in December to discuss how we would be able to incorporate our construction activities into their syllabus. Some great ideas were put forward and we have a number of exciting activities planned over the course of this year.

To kick start the initiative, our Health and Safety team visited LJMU last week to conduct a Health, Safety and Environmental presentation. More than 60 individuals turned up, not only students, but lecturers too!


They discussed a wide range of topics, including HSE statistics, SAR reports, our in-house card system, PPE, working at height any many many more. They even got the students involved in a group task focussing on RAMS (Risk Analysis and Management Systems).

Feedback received was extremely positive and we’re looking forward to engaging with LJMU again in the next few weeks.

Ysgol Friars – Careers Presentation


One thing our Group Managing Director, Mark Watkin Jones, is very passionate about is enticing young adults into the construction industry. So much so, yesterday he visited local secondary school Ysgol Friars in Bangor, to discuss the variety of roles available within construction.

His visit began with a short overview of the company. He then invited the audience to put forward their thoughts of what careers are available within construction. The response was exactly as we had predicted – bricklayers, joiners, crane drivers etc. His presentation continued, highlighting the wide variety of roles available, not only out on site, but in the office too. Mark also discussed his education, his career path and the 6 items which he feel’s are most important when running a successful business;

  1. The people
  2. The leaders
  3. The training
  4. Understanding your business
  5. Turnover / profit and cash
  6. Tackle the hard bits


Before Mark’s visit came to an end, the pupils were invited to put forward their questions. They were certainly eager to find out more, including what car Mark drives and how much money he has in the bank!

We hope Mark’s visit will inspire these young adults to become future successes of the Watkin Jones Group.