Archives for February 2019

P & I welcome three new service engineers

New Service Engineers

(From L-R) Ubay Sohail, Mark Mills, Ian Sherwood.

During January and February, we have welcomed three new service engineers to the team, Ian Sherwood, Ubay Sohail and Mark Mills.

Ian was the first to joined us on Monday 7th January, having spent the last 10 years working for a banknote and passport manufacturer. Completing his Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering with the company, Ian went on to become one of their mechanical maintenance engineers.

With a strong mechanical engineering background, Ian decided he wanted a change of scenery and industry, commenting:

“I have always been interested in critical power and would like to develop my electrical skills and qualifications, P & I seemed to be a good fit to allow me to achieve this. I have always worked at one site and this role allows me to travel, also the company being a family business, attracted me to the role.

So far, everyone at the company has been friendly and welcoming. I am enjoying the job and I look forward to progressing within the company and adding to my skill set. Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome!”

Ubay was the next to join us on Monday 21st January. Having completed a Masters in Marine Engineering, Ubay has spent the last 4 years in the marine industry, working for both a multinational defence, security, and aerospace company and a maritime charity.

Ubay commented:

“Having worked for a large organisation and a charity, I was looking to join a small local business. With my previous roles, I spent a lot of time away on-board ships so I wanted to find something based on land, but not office based. The field service engineer role seemed like the perfect fit and my skill set from the marine industry is definitely transferable to the critical power industry. I am enjoying the role so far and it is giving me the challenge I was looking for.”

Finally, on Monday 4th February, Mark joined us.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience working with diesel engines and has spent the last year and a half in the critical power industry.

Mark commented:

“Having spent the last year and a half working on generator equipment, I wanted to further my skill set in other aspects of critical power. I was attracted to the role at P & I because they aren’t just a generator service company so I knew there would be the opportunity to learn more about the installation and UPS side of the business, which interests me. I also liked the fact they are a family run business.”

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to welcome Ian, Ubay and Mark 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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P & I employee completes apprenticeship

Nathan Apprenticeship CompletionCongratulations to Nathan Jackett who has recently completed his Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with P & I.

Nathan joined P & I in June 2018 as a service control apprentice and was 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.

Nathan commented:

“I’m not going to lie, completing my apprenticeship wasn’t easy but I was determined. I was very lucky to have such supportive colleagues who would help and guide me when I needed it. I have to say a huge thank you to my line manager, Ashley Benfield, for all of his support and guidance. I’m really looking forward to my future with P & I.”

As part of Nathan’s apprenticeship, he spent four days a week in the office carrying out on the job training, with one-day release to attend PETA’s Business Training Centre. During the one-day release, Nathan would complete the classroom-based part of his apprenticeship.

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

“Nathan did really well passing his Level 3 Business Administration Diploma. When Nathan started, he had little work experience or industry knowledge and had a steep learning curve which was challenging at times for him. The same can be said for the Business Diploma and Level 2 Functional Skills Math, in particular.

However, with some hard work from Nathan, support and motivation from his line manager, Ashley and his colleagues, Nathan has achieved. He should be proud of himself and also grateful for being with an employer with a clear interest in giving people a chance and developing them.”

Commenting on Nathan’s achievement, Ashley said:

“I am so pleased for Nathan, it’s not been easy for him but he remained dedicated to his apprenticeship. It’s a great feeling as a line manager to see my staff develop and grow during their time with the company. Throughout Nathan’s apprenticeship, he has maintained a great attitude and has come a long way since his very first day with us. I’m looking forward to seeing how Nathan’s career develops and proud that P & I were a part of it.”

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P & I achieve CHAS Premium Plus accreditation

CHAS LogoWe are delighted to announce that we have achieved the CHAS Premium Plus accreditation.

CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) was created in 1997 by experienced health and safety professionals to improve health and safety standards across the United Kingdom.

Last year, CHAS introduced their new accreditation packages and understanding the importance of these accreditation’s, P & I applied for the CHAS Premium Plus. This accreditation is awarded to companies who have:

“…demonstrated compliance with the CHAS standards in line with SSIP Core Criteria and UK H&S Legislation and has been awarded accreditation to the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015. Additionally, has demonstrated full compliance with 6 modules of PAS 91.”

The CHAS Premium Plus includes the following:

  • Health & Safety Assessment
  • Environmental Verification
  • Quality Management Verification
  • Equal Opportunities & Diversity Verification
  • Financial & Business Standing Verification
  • Anti-Bribery & Corruption Verification
  • Modern Slavery Verification

Commenting on P & I’s achievement, managing director, Paul Benfield commented:

“Achieving this accreditation shows, not only to our current customers but to our potential customers, that we are committed to delivering the highest level of quality and service. It also allows potential customers to see, at a glance, what type of business they are engaging with. P & I bid for many tenders throughout the year and this accreditation will help us streamline our in-house bidding process. I would like to thank, Nikki Cushion, our purchase ledger & administration manager for all of her hard work in helping us achieve this accreditation.”

To find out more about CHAS and their accreditation’s, please visit their website.


CHAS Certificate

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