Archives for June 2017

P & I welcome two apprentices to the office team

New Apprentices Hayley & Nathan

Nathan Jackett (left) and Hayley Laurence (right) with Operations Director, Alan Blair.

During the last month, P & I have welcomed two new apprentices to the office team. On Monday 15th May, we welcomed Hayley Laurence as our business administration apprentice and then on Monday 12th June, Nathan Jackett joined the service team as service control apprentice.

Both Hayley and Nathan were employed via P & I’s apprenticeship partner, PETA. PETA Ltd is a Hampshire-based training organisation set up in 1970 and is owned by over 330 member companies including Portsmouth Water, Stannah Stairlifts, Wightlink, Portsmouth International Port, Kenwood, Airbus, Boeing and many others.

Hayley and Nathan will be completing the Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship provided by PETA. Alongside on the job training, they will also attend PETA’s Business Training Centre located in central Portsmouth where they will undertake the classroom-based part of the apprenticeship. During their time at P & I, Hayley and Nathan will receive plenty of support and guidance from both our internal training team including their line managers and their dedicated PETA mentor.

Dean Curry, Trainer Assessor within Business Training at PETA Ltd, commented:

“I have recently started working with P & I as the Trainer Assessor for their two new Level 3 Business Administration Apprentices and I have to say that first impressions of the business and the apprentices themselves have been very good. The company’s new site provides a really modern professional environment for the apprentices to work in and all the management team I have dealt with have been supportive and keen to help. The same can be said for both Hayley and Nathan who have joined the apprenticeship with a positive attitude and what seems to be an enthusiasm to make the most of the opportunity given to them.”

Alan Blair, P & I’s Operations Director, commented:

“P & I passionately believe in investing in the next generation of our workforce. Under the leadership and guidance of their line managers, Hayley and Nathan will be real assets to the company. Apprenticeships are a great career and learning opportunity for anyone looking to earn and learn at the same time. I wish them every success with their apprenticeships and I look forward to seeing them progress through the company.”

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P & I welcome new engineers

New Engineers Bradley & ConnorOn Monday 5th June, P & I welcomed new service engineers, Bradley Atkins and Connor Robinson to the ever-growing team.

Bradley started his career in the critical power industry 4 years ago, completing his apprenticeship at Woodleigh Power Equipment in Waterlooville. He is currently in his final year of his Mechanical Engineering BTEC HNC Level 4 at South Downs College and is due to finish this month.

Connor has been in the critical power industry for the last 18 months and is keen to extend his knowledge and experience with P & I. With Bradley and Connor’s background mainly in generator servicing, P & I will be putting them both forward for an electrical qualification. This ensures they are qualified to deal with all aspects of our business including electrical installations.

P & I invest a great deal in the training and development of their staff. Our industry is niche and to be able to grow our own home-grown talent is vital to our business as we require a multi-skilled workforce.

Having completed their week-long induction, Bradley and Connor are now equipped to start assisting our customers. They will be under the direction of Service Manager, Ashley Benfield who commented:

“Over the last three months, we have welcomed 4 new engineers to the team. It just goes to show the growth our business is seeing. I’d like to welcome both Bradley and Connor to the team and I look forward to working with them. This is an exciting time to be joining P & I.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome both Bradley and Connor to the team!

If you are interested in joining the P & I team, please visit our vacancies page for more information on the different opportunities we have available. However, if we do not have any current vacancies, we would still like to hear from you as we are always on the lookout for talented individuals.

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What can we learn from the British Airways power failure?

British-AirwaysOn Saturday 27th May, British Airways suffered a massive IT failure causing huge disruption to holiday makers over the bank holiday weekend. At least 75,000 passengers were affected, with hundreds of flights being delayed or cancelled.

The incident caused by a “power surge” is set to cost BA around £100m in compensation costs alone, as well as the damage to their brand. It has also been reported that the shares in BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group, have fallen.

This highlights the importance of having an effective business continuity plan, with the right critical power solutions in place to prevent this type of incident from ever happening. However, it’s not enough to have these solutions in place, they must be maintained and tested on a regular basis to ensure your business is continually protected.

Would your business be protected if you had an unexpected power failure?

P & I specialise in critical power solutions and have grown to become a leading independent supplier of generators and UPS systems with a genuine commitment to quality and service. Depending on your needs, we offer the full end to end service including design, project management, installation, commissioning and dedicated service support.

If you would like to discuss your critical power requirements, please contact our sales team on 023 9278 3450.

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