Apprentices really motor with investor PME Group

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Mar 2017

MARINE engine specialist PME Group has been recognised as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK.

The business, which opened its first branch away from the south coast in Stallingborough last year, was named at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place this past month at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

PME, an official dealer for Man, specialises in sales, service and repair in both the leisure and commercial markets – and most notably the wind farm sector. The Beel's Road branch joined Plymouth and Poole in the PME portfolio last October, with a total of 18 people now employed across the business.

The Centrica-sponsored list involved a tough selection process.

Jade Chalk, commercial director at PME, said: "We are thrilled that our commitment to the apprenticeship programme has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service. Almost 50 per cent of our total workforce have either completed or are currently completing their apprenticeship with us.

"To gain the expertise in our engineering field and have the confidence to deliver to our company standards takes time. The apprenticeship scheme offers us the perfect vehicle to allow us to nurture through education, training and 'hands on' experience our fledgling leading edge staff.

"We have built our business on apprenticeships, our managing director started as an apprentice back at the dawn of time!"

Turning her attention to Grimsby, where she hopes to establish apprentices soon, she said: "It is going really well, we are getting used to being there, establishing ourselves, and working well with local businesses and getting involved with the community, and the likes of Grimsby Renewables Partnership.

"With 10 wind farm projects coming online we are anticipating operations to grow."

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