P & I welcome first female apprentice engineer

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!