P & I’s first female apprentice wins industry award

On 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!