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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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P & I staff wish office manager a happy retirement

Maggie RetirementOn Friday 27th July, P & I bid a fond farewell to office manager, Maggie Bentley, as she left to enjoy her retirement.

Maggie was the first to join P & I when it was just managing director, Paul Benfield and technical director, Paul Terzza.

Since joining P & I in October 2006, Maggie has been involved in nearly all aspects of the business including sales, marketing, HR, tenders, policies and much more. She has been instrumental in some of the big decisions throughout the years including the implementation of P & I’s CRM system and choosing our IT providers. Maggie has also been responsible for obtaining and maintaining the following accreditations for P & I: ISO 14001, ISO 18001, ISO 9001, CHAS, SafeContractor and Constructionline.

Maggie’s role will now be taken over by business administrator, Nikki Cushion, who over the last couple of months, has been taking part in a comprehensive handover.

Commenting on her retirement, Maggie said:

“I have loved working for Paul and Paul for the last 11 years. I’d like to thank them both for their support over the years and wish them every success for the future.”

Managing Director, Paul Benfield commented:

“Myself, Paul Terzza and everyone at P & I would like to thank Maggie for her hard work and dedicated service over the last 11 years. We will be sad to see Maggie go but we hope she enjoys her well-deserved retirement.”

Just before leaving on Friday, Maggie was presented with a card, a basket of flowers and a spa treatment for two at the Lime Wood Hotel & Spa in the New Forest.

 

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to wish Maggie all the best in her retirement!

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P & I staff member celebrates 10 years’ service

10 Year' Service

Jon Terzza (L) with Managing Director, Paul Benfield (R)

Last month, we celebrated Jon Terzza’s 10 years’ service with P & I. Joined by his colleagues for a presentation, Jon received a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates, an extra day’s holiday and a cheque for £100 to mark his 10-year milestone with the company.

Jon joined P & I in early 2008 as a sales executive to help progress the company to the next level by procuring larger contracts, and by 2014, he had made his way to sales manager. In May this year, Jon moved into the role of business development manager, where he will be focusing his efforts on bids and tenders.

Jon is also a mentor to our newly appointed degree apprentice, Alicja Cyganik. Over the next three years, he will be responsible for giving Alicja the support and guidance required to successfully complete her degree apprenticeship programme with the University of Portsmouth.

Commenting on his journey within P & I, Jon said:

“I’ve witnessed P & I’s growth from 4 members of office staff, an office dog and a handful of engineers, to the hugely successful company we are today. We now employ over 50 staff which includes 10 apprentices in both engineering and business roles. I’m in a privileged position that I can be a mentor to new staff coming into the business and pass on my knowledge and skills to our future workforce.”

Managing Director of P & I, Paul Benfield, commented:

“We were delighted to celebrate this great achievement with Jon. Myself and technical director, Paul Terzza would like to thank Jon for his service and continued commitment to P & I. He has built our sales team up from the ground, to what it is today. We are looking forward to the next 10 years and what more Jon can bring to P & I.”

 

Congratulations from everyone at P & I!

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P & I welcome new service engineer

Stephen Service EngineerOn Tuesday 12th June, we welcomed new service engineer, Stephen Hockney, to the team.

To ensure customer demand is met, P & I have been actively recruiting for service engineers over the last quarter. Stephen joins us as part of that recruitment drive.

Stephen has spent the majority of his career working as a contractor for the US military in various locations around the world including Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. He started off in 2000 by maintaining their military vehicles before moving on to working on their critical power equipment in 2005.

For the last three years, Stephen has been working for a fire and rescue service, maintaining their fleet. Deciding that he wanted to get back into the critical power aspect of his career, Stephen has made the move to P & I.

Having completed his week-long induction with training and development supervisor, Paul Ross, Stephen is now on the road assisting our customers. As a service engineer, Stephen will fall under the leadership of service manager, Ashley Benfield, who commented:

“This is an exciting time for P & I as we continue to expand. I’m always on the lookout for people who have a great attitude to work and this is exactly what we have found with Stephen. I am very pleased to welcome Stephen to the team and wish him every success for his future with us. I look forward to working with him.”

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to welcome Stephen 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 welcome new sales apprentices

Sales Apprentices

Jade Philocles (left) and Alicja Cyganik (right)

On Tuesday 1st May, P & I welcomed new sales apprentices, Alicja Cyganik and Jade Philocles to the team.

Alicja joins us as graduate apprentice service contract sales administrator under the degree apprenticeship programme. Alicja will be completing the chartered manager degree apprenticeship (CMDA) through the University of Portsmouth over the next three years.

Laura Eaton, Business Development Executive for Degree Apprenticeships at the University of Portsmouth, commented:

“It’s a pleasure for the University of Portsmouth to be partnering with P & I based locally in Havant. We feel the role offered to Alicja compliments our CMDA and we really look forward to welcoming Alicja on the programme commencing in September 2018.”

Jade joins us as apprentice sales administrator, working towards completing the Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship 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.

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

“Yesterday I completed the enrolment of a third PETA/P & I Business Apprentice. It is good to see a company taking such a keen interest in the development of the apprentices and creating such brilliant opportunities across different areas of the business. I look forward to working to help them all achieve their apprenticeships and working with P & I into the future.”

Alongside on the job training, Alicja and Jade will have weekly day release to their respective education facilities as part of their apprenticeships.

Alicja and Jade will fall under the leadership of sales manager, Alex Thomas. However, Alicja’s degree apprenticeship requires her to have a mentor within the business, that isn’t her line manager. Jon Terzza, business development manager, will take on the role of Alicja’s mentor for the duration of her apprenticeship, giving her the support and guidance required to successfully complete the degree apprenticeship.

Operations Director, Alan Blair commented:

“I am pleased to welcome both Alicja and Jade to the P & I team. As a business, we are passionate about investing in the next generation of our workforce and with the hire of Alicja, we have embarked on our very first degree apprenticeship role. We currently have six apprentice engineers and with the addition of Alicja and Jade, we now have four office apprentices. I would like to wish them both every success with their apprenticeships and their future careers within P & I.”

 

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Alicja and Jade to the team!

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P & I welcome new sales manager

Sales ManagerOn Monday 30th April, P & I welcomed new sales manager, Alex Thomas, to the team.

Having spent over 10 years in the critical power industry, Alex joins P & I with a huge amount of knowledge and experience. With a strong and successful background in generator hire, Alex will be a great addition to the team.

Commenting on joining P & I, Alex said:

“I have worked with P & I for as long as I have been in the industry, so I know them well. This role is a great opportunity for me to assist with growing the company and to help P & I tap into, currently untouched markets. This is an exciting time to be joining P & I and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Alex is looking forward to coaching and developing his sales team and setting the standard for selling into the critical environment. Following his induction, Alex will work alongside the senior management team and the marketing department, where he will be contributing to the implementation and delivery of P & I’s aggressive growth strategy.

Managing Director of P & I, Paul Benfield commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Alex to P & I. He has a very strong background in the critical power industry and is going to be a real asset to the company. Alex has got a big challenge ahead of him, but I know he will grab the opportunity with both hands. I am looking forward to seeing what he has to offer the company and his future plans for the sales team.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Alex 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 welcome lead generation executive

Lead Generation ExecutiveOn Monday 23rd April, P & I welcomed lead generation executive, Ashley Standring, to the team.

Ashley joins our marketing team with over 4 years’ experience within telemarketing. The lead generation role is a brand-new position for P & I and has been introduced into the business as part of our expansion and growth strategy.

Commenting on joining P & I, Ashley said:

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the lead generation side of the business up from the ground. Once my training has been completed, I am looking forward to working with both the sales and marketing teams to create a lead generation strategy for the business. There’s a lot to learn but I’m keen to get started and assist the business with hitting their growth targets.”

Ashley is currently going through an intensive training schedule to make sure he is up to speed with both the critical power industry and the products and services that P & I offer. As part of the marketing team, Ashley will fall under the leadership of marketing manager, Laura Martin.

Laura commented:

“I am pleased to welcome Ashley to my team and with his background in telemarketing, he will be an asset to P & I. Ashley will be responsible for sourcing and delivering qualified leads to our sales team. This is an exciting new role for P & I and will assist with the company’s overall growth strategy. I look forward to working with Ashley and seeing how he builds the lead generation side of the business, which is no small feat.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Ashley 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 welcome new sales executive

Steve Sales Executive

Steve Nicholls (left) with Sales & Contracts Manager, Jon Terzza (right)

On Wednesday 7th March, P & I welcomed new sales executive, Steve Nicholls, to the team.

Steve joins our sales team with over 40 years’ experience in the critical power industry. Having run his own company for the last 14 years, Steve has extensive knowledge of the generator market including design, installation, commissioning, service and maintenance.

Commenting on joining P & I, Steve said:

“I’ve worked with P & I for many years so when Paul Benfield approached me about joining the team, there was no hesitation. Seeing how P & I has grown over the years and knowing their plans for expansion, I think this is a really exciting time to join the business. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to assist the company with their future goals.”

Having completed his induction last week, Steve is now settled into the sales team and learning the ropes from Sales & Contracts Manager, Jon Terzza.

Jon commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Steve 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 Steve’s appointment is part of that overall plan. I look forward to working with Steve and wish him the best of luck for his future at P & I.”

 

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Steve 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 welcome design engineer

Jerome Design EngineerOn Monday 19th February, P & I welcomed design engineer, Jerome Thomas, to the team.

Jerome joins us with a wealth of experience in control system design, having worked as a project engineer for the last decade. Originally from France, Jerome completed his Masters in Electronics in Cardiff in 2008 and has since worked in UK.

Jerome is now learning the ropes from design and development manager, David Allen after completing his induction with training and development supervisor, Paul Ross.

Commenting on joining P & I, Jerome said:

“Having worked at my previous company as a project engineer for the last 5 years, I decided it was time for a new challenge. The design engineer role at P & I appealed to me because of the variety of work I would be involved with. I am looking forward to learning more about the critical power industry and developing my skills in automation and PLC.”

David commented:

“We have been looking to expand the design element of our business for a while now and Jerome’s appointment is the first step towards that goal. With Jerome on board, I will be able to focus on growing and developing the design department, to help take P & I to the next level. I would like to welcome Jerome to my team and wish him every success for his future with P & I.”

 

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Jerome 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 raise over £500 for the Movember Foundation

Movember Team PhotoDuring the month of November, a team of P & I staff took on the challenge of growing a moustache to raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Appearing in the office on Wednesday 1st November completely clean shaven, the month saw some inspiring efforts from the team.

The Movember Foundation began in 2003 and has become a leading charity in tackling men’s health. The charity addresses some of the biggest health issues facing men including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Having funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world, the foundation’s aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

Over the month, we have managed to raise over £500 through the support of family, friends, colleagues and suppliers, with donations still coming in. It wouldn’t have been possible to raise so much money, if it wasn’t for Paul, Ashley, Alan, Bradley and Nathan and their valiant efforts in growing some impressive facial hair. Therefore, a big thank you must go to them for taking part and putting up with the banter that came along with it.

Having posed the question to our social media followers, it was decided that project manager, Alan Houghton, won ‘Best Moustache’. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convince Alan to keep his moustache for his holiday to America, even though we offered to buy him a cowboy hat!

We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored our team and helped us exceed our target of £500. By taking part in Movember, we hope we can help raise awareness about men’s health, raise some money for a great cause and have fun whilst we do it.

Our fundraising page will stay open until the end of the year so if you would like to sponsor our team, please visit P & I’s Movember Fundraising Page. Once we have a final total, we will share this on our social media channels so make sure you keep an eye out!

Below, we have put together a variety of photographs taken throughout the month of our team.

 

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P & I welcome work experience student

Ria Work Experience

Ria fitting a radiator to one of our hire generators

On Monday 27th November, we welcomed work experience student, Ria Parsley, to P & I for the week.

Ria is currently studying for her BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at Havant and South Downs College. During the course, students are expected to find work experience for a week with local businesses.

Paul Ross, our training and development supervisor, created a bespoke training plan to ensure Ria experienced as many aspects of our engineering work as possible. Whilst being supervised by Paul, the week saw Ria fit a radiator into one of our hire generators, carry out a full generator service, build a control panel, and create CAD drawings.

The cold weather didn’t stop Ria, who had a smile on her face the whole time she was working on the generators outside. At the end of the week, Ria kindly brought in two tubs of chocolates as a thank you to all the staff (which went down very well on a Friday!).

Ria commented:

“I really enjoyed my week with P & I, especially fitting the radiator in the generator. Working on generators isn’t something we get to do at college, so it was good to be able to get some hands-on experience. I chose engineering as a career because I like practical things and the challenge of having to solve problems.”

Ria did so well during her week with us, we have offered her an apprenticeship to start after she has completed her course next year. As a company, we are looking forward to welcoming our first female engineer, something we have been working towards for quite some time.

Paul Ross commented:

“Ria was absolutely brilliant last week. Her attitude to work is exactly what we look for in our engineers. I am delighted that we are in a position to offer Ria an apprenticeship, having only been with her for a week, I know she will be an asset to P & I. It’s so refreshing to see a young person with so much passion for what they want to do, I can’t wait to welcome Ria to the team next year.”

 

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