New recruit scoops apprentice award

L-R Roger Pearce from PETA, Thomas Bird and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Lynne Stagg
L-R Roger Pearce from PETA, Thomas Bird and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Lynne Stagg
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THE most recent recruit in Powertecnique’s apprenticeship scheme has been awarded a highly commended apprentice of the year by PETA for his work in the engineering sector.

Out of 400 nominees, Thomas Bird made it to the top 10 due to his hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to his apprenticeship with the Whiteley power specialist.

Thomas said: ‘It’s an honour even to be nominated for the award and it’s nice to know that hard work gets recognised.

‘I’m very grateful to Roger Pearce at PETA for his help, and the team at Powertecnique for their support during my apprenticeship. I’m excited about my future career with Powertecnique.’

In 2013, the company won the South Coast Business Award for Commitment to Education and Training at the South Coast Business Awards.

Earlier this year it attained ‘One to Watch’ status in The Times’ Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For.

Powertecnique managing director Darren Pearce, said: ‘I started off in this industry as an apprentice and I recognise the importance of training people up through apprenticeship schemes and graduate development.

‘Our apprentice scheme runs for three-and-a-half years and effectively provides the business with the engineers it needs to innovate and grow. In this regard our apprenticeship scheme is central to our strategy.’

Founded in 1991, Powertecnique is an independent manufacturer of UPS and diesel generators. The 64-strong workforce comprises a nationwide team of engineers, in-house project management team and administration support team.