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!).
“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.”