Firm honours long-serving staff

PRESENTATIONS: Engineering firm Group Rhodes has honoured 24 long-serving employees.
PRESENTATIONS: Engineering firm Group Rhodes has honoured 24 long-serving employees.

A Wakefield engineering firm is celebrating the dedication of its staff - including one employee with 50 years of service.

Group Rhodes has introduced a 10-year long service award.

AWARD: Gwyn Jones, left, with Group Rhodes CEO Mark Ridgway.

AWARD: Gwyn Jones, left, with Group Rhodes CEO Mark Ridgway.

The move has seen 24 employees being presented with a certificate and a gift for achieving a decade or more at the firm. Employee Gwyn Jones was honoured for achieving a staggering 50 years of service.

Group Rhodes chief executive officer Mark Ridgway said: “We have rewarded 25 years’ service for some time and are really pleased to be introducing our ten year reward to our staff. Our business relies on retaining our talented people, so this award is something we feel is very well deserved.

I would particularly like to thank Gwyn for his significant contributions over the last five decades. It is an amazing achievement and we value both his ongoing knowledge and his role in passing on his skills to our new recruits.”

The awards were presented to staff during a company event held at Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield.

Mr Jones began as an apprentice machinist working at the company’s Belle Vue base in Wakefield. He is now a team leader and helps to mentor new apprentices.

The stalwart employee said: “I joined the company as it was one of the best around for training apprentices. I still enjoy my job and enjoy the challenge of seeing a project through to its end.

“It’s also great to be able to help young apprentices to learn their trade and pass on my skills to the next generation.”

Group Rhodes is based on Calder Vale Road.

The company is internationally recognised as a specialist in super-plastic forming and diffusion bonding for both the aerospace and automotive industries.