Inward-investing PME Group’s quality training

quality-trainingONE of North East Lincolnshire’s latest investors – attracted by the burgeoning offshore wind sector that is revitalising marine services demand – has had its training standards nationally endorsed.

Vessel engine specialist PME Group Ltd opened in Stallingborough last month, a third branch and the first away from the south coast.

Headquartered in Plymouth, the MAN specialist has taken the Small Employer of the Year title at the South West National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.

Jade Chalk, commercial director at PME Group, 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.

“As part of our growth we now have two additional branches – both of which are recruiting for apprentices now and we anticipate continued recruitment to allow us to continue being market leaders.”

In the process, one of the apprentice engineers told how PME “turned a job into a passion”.

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skill and knowledge they need.

“PME Group has won the award for Small Employer of the Year, South West Region and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. Winning this award is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”