Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Students Spend Summer at Watkin Jones

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Several Construction and Business learners studying at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, who were recently selected for Watkin Jones Scholarships, have just launched into their work experience placements over the summer holidays.

Construction firm Watkin Jones has already worked in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai over the past 10 years on a construction scholarship scheme. Following its success, the firm recently launched an additional scheme, allowing business students to undertake 10 weeks of work experience within their support service departments; IT, Marketing, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Accounts and Business Development. The idea is to give each student a flavour of each area, after which they can decide in the area they would like to specialise.

Business learners Isabella Nally, of Llanfairfechan, Jordan Davies, of Denbigh, Beata Rebelska, of Llandudno Junction, Carmen Smith and Charlotte Hunt, of Beaumaris and Dafydd Jones, of Llangefni, won Business scholarship awards for 2014 – 16. Construction learners Jack Dean from Caernarfon, Sion Thomas from Botwnnog, Joe Cox from Anglesey, Gethin Roberts from Abersoch, Gareth Smith from Rhuddlan and Carl Hughes from Morfa Bychan, won Construction scholarship awards for 2014 -16. Each will also receive £1,000 of financial support throughout the two year programme and after completion will be given the opportunity to pursue their career development within Watkin Jones.

Three weeks in, they met up with Group Managing Director, Mark Watkin Jones, to share what they had learned on the scholarship so far and to recap on the remainder of their training over the months ahead.

Business learner Carmen Smith of Llanfaes said: “So far, I have already had excellent experience in several different departments. It is a good way to see what areas of business you might like to specialise in without committing yourself to doing a degree in something then deciding that subject is not for you.”

Business learner Beata Rebelska of Llandudno said: “We have been given a chance to really see what variety the world of Business can offer. I wanted to be a Barrister, but this has opened up my eyes to other options. It will be interesting to see what direction this takes me.”

Construction learner Gareth Smith of Rhuddlan said: “It’s been interesting putting our learning into practice in a real life setting. I thought that quantity surveying would have been boring, for example, but to my surprise I found it really interesting. It has given me insight into new areas I just would not have considered before.”

Construction learner Carl Hughes of Morfa Bychan said: “It has been fun and educational. I had no idea what area of Construction would suit me best after college, and this work experience is helping me to narrow down my choices to something that will suit me best.”

Coleg Menai’s Business and A Level Programme Manager Karen Griffith said: “The Scholarships offer a fantastic opportunity to our learners to gain valuable business experience with a leading firm in the construction industry. The young people who have won the scholarships now face the challenge of showing that they can deliver in the workplace as well as the classroom. If they meet the challenge, and I am confident that they will, the door to an excellent business career will be open to them. This has indeed been the case with some of our Construction learners, where several now work for the Watkin Jones Group as a result of their Construction Scholarships.”

Watkin Jones Communications Manager, Kerry Williams, said: “Our scholarship scheme is one of our most popular development programmes, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since we launched it in 2004. It has given us the chance to employ locally and to provide opportunities for young people.”