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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.

 

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P & I welcome business administration apprentice

Isabel Business Administration ApprenticeOn Monday 17th September, P & I welcomed business administration apprentice, Isabel Cowley, to the team.

Isabel will be working towards completing the Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship 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.

Isabel commented:

“I knew when I left school that I didn’t want to go into full-time education. The thought of earning whilst learning encouraged me to look into apprenticeships. I originally started a nursery apprenticeship but decided that wasn’t for me and went on to join P & I. I am really enjoying my role here, I get involved in a variety of tasks and I like the independence.”

Alongside on the job training, Isabel will also attend PETA’s Business Training Centre located in central Portsmouth where she will undertake the classroom-based part of the apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, Isabel will receive plenty of support and guidance from her line manager, Nikki Cushion and her dedicated PETA mentor.

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

“Apprenticeships are a great career and learning opportunity for anyone looking to earn and learn at the same time. Isabel has fitted straight into the P & I family and I can see she is going to be a real asset to P & I. I would like to wish Isabel every success with her apprenticeship and I look forward to seeing her progress through the company.”

 

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Isabel to the team.

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P & I welcome electrical supervisor to the projects team

Electrical Supervisor- Jordan PeskettOn Monday 7th January, we welcomed electrical supervisor, Jordan Peskett, to the team.

Jordan spent over 10 years with an electrical company, working his way from electrotechnical apprentice through to site supervisor. Deciding he wanted a change of scenery to allow him to gain more experience and work in a more niche field, Jordan joined P & I.

Having completed his week-long induction with operations director, Alan Blair, Jordan is now learning the ropes from the projects team. As an electrical supervisor, Jordan will fall under the leadership of projects manager, Alan Houghton, who commented:

“Jordan is a welcomed addition to the projects team. As P & I expands, we require skilled engineers like Jordan to assist us with our project work. I look forward to working with Jordan and wish him every success for his future with P & I.”

Jordan’s role will see him working both in the office and onsite, he will also become a Principal Duty Holder (PDH) for P & I. The PDH is:

“…a person appointed by the business with responsibility for the maintenance of the overall standard and quality of the electrical installation work undertaken.”

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to welcome Jordan 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 Alan Mak MP and Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick MP

Alan Mak MP

(L-R) P & I’s Jon Terzza & Paul Benfield alongside Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick MP & Alan Mak MP

On Friday 14th December, we hosted local MP Alan Mak and Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick MP at our headquarters in Havant, to see first-hand P & I’s impressive growth, meet staff and discuss local and national issues.

Hosted in our dedicated training room, we were delighted to welcome Robert as our guest speaker for our business leaders’ meeting. Robert was appointed as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on 9th January 2018 and joined us to discuss the Budget 2018, as well as infrastructure, investment and productivity. Attendees also included other local, senior business leaders.

After the business leaders’ meeting, Robert was given the grand tour of P & I by operations director, Alan Blair and business development manager, Jon Terzza. He was introduced to some of the staff and shown around the fleet, including our fast response motorbike (pictured).

Paul Benfield, managing director of P & I commented:

“It was a pleasure to welcome both Alan and Robert to P & I. To be able to invite local businesses from Havant and share insights into our businesses, including challenges, is a great opportunity. Being able to meet directly with Ministers who have an impact on our businesses and share our thoughts and concerns, is a huge privilege. We would like to thank both Alan and Robert for taking the time out of their busy schedule to visit our headquarters. We hope our attendees found the meeting informative and insightful.”

Commenting on the event, Alan Mak MP said:

“I would like to thank Paul and his staff for hosting a productive meeting at their headquarters. It was great to see a room full of business leaders from within my constituency and hear their thoughts on the topics we discussed. P & I is a fantastic local business, and I’m delighted to see them going from strength to strength.”

For more information about Treasury Minister Rob Jenrick MP, visit his bio page.

For more information about Alan Mak MP, visit Alan’s website.

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P & I welcome design engineer

Design Engineer - Alex SaOn Monday 3rd September, P & I welcomed design engineer, Alex Sa, to the team.

Early on in Alex’s education, he decided he wanted to work within the critical power industry so during his Masters in Electrical Engineering, he worked for a leading power quality solutions and services provider. Having completed his Masters in Portugal, Alex moved to the UK in 2014 and worked as a design engineer in various roles, developing his skills in automation.

Commenting on joining P & I, Alex said:

“I have always wanted to work in the critical power industry so when the design engineer role came up at P & I, I had to apply. I am looking forward to learning more about the critical power industry and developing my skills.”

Alex is now learning the ropes from design and development manager, David Allen after completing his induction with operations director, Alan Blair.

David commented:

“I would like to welcome Alex to P & I and our design team. It is an exciting time to be joining P & I with my plans to expand the design element of the business, in which, Alex will play a key part. I wish Alex every success for his future with P & I.”

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’s first female apprentice wins industry award

Ria winning AMPS Awards 2019On Thursday 29th November, Ria Parsley, won the Keith Marshall Training and Personal Development Award at the AMPS Awards 2018.

AMPS (Association of Manufacturers and suppliers of Power generating Systems) is the trade association and industry voice for the UK’s world-leading diesel and gas-engine power generating sector and associated businesses.

The Keith Marshall Training and Personal Development Award sponsored by WIP Magazine, was judged by a panel of industry professionals and is awarded to:

“Any member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement through undertaking extra training to advance their career as well as gaining knowledge and experience for their own personal development. This may either be an apprentice or an existing employee who has made efforts to further their career.”

During November 2017, Ria completed work experience with P & I as part of her BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at Havant and South Downs College. Having impressed all of the staff with her attitude and work ethic during the week-long work experience, Ria was offered an apprenticeship as a service and maintenance engineer and joined in July 2018.

Ria was supported by fellow colleagues, Paul Benfield, Paul Terzza, Alex Thomas and Rob Duffy for the 4th annual awards held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. The team were welcomed by Marilyn Monroe lookalike, Annabel York and enjoyed entertainment from comedian, Sean Collins. The evening also saw £800 raised for local charity, Wood Street Mission, a registered children’s charity that helps children and families living in Manchester and Salford.

Commenting on Ria’s award win, managing director, Paul Benfield said:

“I had the privilege of attending the awards in Manchester alongside Ria. To win a national industry award only 4 months into her apprenticeship, is such a huge achievement. We are very proud of Ria and she continues to impress us with her great attitude and work ethic. I look forward to seeing Ria progress through her apprenticeship into a fully qualified engineer. The future is in safe hands with engineers like Ria.”

Well done Ria, from everyone at P & I!

 

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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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