Category Archives: Community

Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle – Site Tour


Continuing with our commitment to engage with the local community near our site in Groeslon, we recently welcomed a group of 9 secondary school pupils to the site from nearby Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle.

All aged 14-15, these students have a keen interest in construction and were given the opportunity to visit site to gain first hand experience of what it’s really like to work in the construction industry. They were able to meet our Site Manager, hear about the importance of his role in the construction process and how he ensures activities on site are managed correctly. Once in their PPE, the students were taken on a tour of the site and also had the opportunity to see some of our subcontractors in action.


Feedback received was great, one student was so impressed he requested a work experience placement with us at the end of the session!

It’s great to see these young adults so passionate about their futures and we look forward to working with them again soon. Thank you to all who attended.

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School – H&S Presentation

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Following commencement of our Byrom Street project in Liverpool City Centre, we recently paid a visit to the nearby primary school to conduct a health and safety presentation. As our scheme is located only a couple of hundred metres from the school, this visit was arranged so we could stress to the children just how dangerous a construction site can be.

Our visit began with a short presentation, discussing potential dangers on site, the different types of machinery used, the importance of hoarding, site signage and why PPE is a mandatory requirement. They even got to meet our Site Manager and hear all about what he gets up to on site.

Four children were then invited to dress up as Watkin Jones Site Manager’s. They were given hard hats, boots, hi-vis vests, safety goggles, gloves and ear defenders to try on. The children were then asked to watch a video made by the HSE called ‘Game Over’. This film follows a group of youngsters who encounter a number of dangers whilst trespassing on a construction site.

Our visit concluded with the launch of a poster competition. All the children have been asked to design a colourful health and safety poster which will later be erected on our site hoarding.

Winners are due to announced next month. Good luck to everyone entering!

Ysgol Groeslon, Ysgol Carmel & Ysgol Bronyfoel – Maths Project

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Our site in Groeslon recently welcomed 70 pupils from nearby primary schools Ysgol Groeslon, Ysgol Carmel and Ysgol Bronyfoel.

Split into two groups of 35, the pupils were firstly taken on a short tour of the site. Accompanied by Site Manager, Robert Williams, and Labourer, Christopher Giles, the pupils were able to hear about the build process and the construction materials used. After the tour, the children were then tasked with taking some measurements in the area that will soon be their new classrooms! Armed with measuring wheels and tape measures, clipboards and workbooks, the pupils set to work on completing their project.

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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 all who took part.

New School, Groeslon – Social Media Accounts

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As part of our commitment to engaging with the local community at our site in Groeslon, dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages have been created. These pages aim to keep the public up to date with our progress on site.

Bilingual updates are made every Friday keeping the public informed of current site activities and what is planned for the near future. We also include images of the build as it progresses, letting the public see just how quickly the scheme is taking shape.

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Why not follow and keep up to date with our progress too? Just search the below usernames to connect with us:

Facebook – Watkin Jones Group: Ysgol Ardal, Groeslon
Twitter (English) – @WJ_GroeslonE
Twitter (Welsh) – @WJ_GroeslonC

The Big Issue Cymru – Corporate Subscription


The company has recently signed up for a corporate subscription to The Big Issue Cymru magazine.

The Big Issue is sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people, vendors buy copies for £1.25 and sell them for £2.50. Since The Big Issue was launched in 1991 they have helped thousands of vulnerable people take control of their lives. They currently work with around 2,000 individuals across the UK offering them the opportunity to earn a legitimate income; to ‘help them to help themselves’. The magazine currently circulates around 100,000 copies every week.

The cost of our annual subscription will contribute directly to the development and pastoral work in which The Big Issue engage with on a daily basis with their sellers. It will help them continue to grow and develop, as well as enabling homeless people to earn a regular income for themselves.

We are delighted to be supporting the fantastic work they do!

Ysgol Friars – World of Work Day


Ysgol Friars, a local secondary school in Bangor, recently approached us to take part in their World of Work Day.

Arranged to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the area, the skills needed and the paths to working in a specific role, the event was held in preparation for the pupils choosing their GCSE subjects. Together with a number of other employers in the local area, we were asked to put together a presentation detailing the skills we see as most important in our work (e.g. team work, problem solving, application of numbers) and the various roles available in construction.

Following our presentation, a small group of pupils were invited to take part in mock interviews with Vikki Lycett, our HR & Recruitment Officer. The pupils were asked to put together a CV and then took part in a one on one interview with Vikki. The pupils were also offered CV and interview feedback.

The response received from the school has been extremely positive and we’ll be returning to hold additional mock interviews soon.

New Area School at Groeslon – H&S Poster Competition

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As part of our commitment to engaging with the local community in the Groeslon area, we recently visited the three local primary schools to talk to the pupils about keeping safe. During our visit the pupils were tasked with designing a colourful health and safety poster which would later be erected on our site hoarding.

We received almost 80 posters in total and after much deliberation, we eventually chose our 3 winners. The winners were Brooke Fletcher – Ysgol Bronyfoel, Elis Massareli-Hughes – Ysgol Carmel and Elin Lloyd – Ysgol Groeslon. These winning posters, together with all of the other entries received, are now displayed on our site hoarding.

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Last month we welcomed a small group of pupils to site to unveil their poster designs. The pupils were joined by local councillors, three teachers, Watkin Jones Contracts Manager Trefor Roberts and Site Manager Chris Hogan.

Well done to all of the pupils for their fantastic poster designs!