Archives for August 2018

P & I welcome first female apprentice engineer

Female Apprentice

Ria Parsley with Paul Ross

On Monday 30th July, P & I welcomed their very first female apprentice engineer, Ria Parsley.

For those who follow P & I’s news, you will recognise Ria from a previous news item posted in November. We welcomed Ria in November last year for work experience. At the time, Ria was studying her BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at Havant and South Downs College.

Having successfully completed her course, Ria joined us in July to complete her P & I induction before starting with P & I’s apprenticeship partner, PETA.

PETA Ltd is a Hampshire-based training organisation set up in 1970 and has over 330-member companies including Portsmouth Water, Stannah Stairlifts, Wightlink, Portsmouth International Port, Kenwood, Airbus, Boeing and many others.

As a service and maintenance apprentice engineer, Ria will be completing the Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance for the duration of her apprenticeship. Under the leadership of training & development supervisor, Paul Ross, Ria will receive plenty of support and guidance throughout her apprenticeship.

Paul commented:

“As a company, we strongly believe in investing in the next generation of our workforce. Our industry is niche and to be able to grow our own home-grown talent, is vital to our business. I look forward to working with Ria and watching her progress. The best part of my job is seeing the apprentices grow and develop with the company. I wish Ria every success with P & I.”

Commenting on Ria joining P & I, managing director, Paul Benfield said:

“Ria joining us is not only a momentous occasion for P & I but also for the engineering industry. Females make up only 11% of the engineering workforce and this must change. I hope Ria can be a positive role model and encourage other young females to get into engineering. When Ria joined us in November for her work experience, I was really impressed with her work ethic and her passion to learn. I can already tell that Ria will be a great asset to P & I.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Ria to the team!

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P & I welcome business development manager

Business Development ManagerOn Monday 30th July, P & I welcomed business development manager, Rob Duffy, to the team.

Having been in the critical power industry for over 25 years, Rob joins P & I with a huge amount of knowledge and experience. As business development manager, Rob will be responsible for developing relationships with both new and existing customers. With his specialist knowledge of UPS systems, Rob is well placed to assist P & I with growing the UPS aspect of the business.

Commenting on joining P & I, Rob said:

“I have known P & I for a number of years and I am really excited to have joined the team, everyone has been so welcoming. Following my appointment, I am keen to develop P & I’s market penetration with their UPS/Battery system offering. Joining P & I, I feel there is scope to build upon my existing knowledge, develop into new areas, and progress my career to new levels within a larger business. I’m looking forward to getting out on the road and meeting existing and new customers.”

Having completed his induction last week, Rob is now emerged within the sales team and learning the ropes from sales manager, Alex Thomas.

Alex commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Rob to my team, his experience and knowledge of the industry is going to be a real asset to P & I. As a company, we have strong plans for expansion and Rob’s appointment is part of that overall plan. I look forward to working with Rob and wish him the best of luck for his future at P & I.”

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to welcome Rob 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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