Greenergy extends apprenticeships

Greenergy has taken on its first apprentice at the company’s Plymouth fuel terminal.

Michael Fesler, an 18-year old Plymouth resident has just joined another eight young people currently completing their apprenticeships with Greenergy throughout the UK.

“Michael brings a renewed enthusiasm to site and we’re all enjoying the opportunity to share our knowledge and experience,” said Tony Gibbons, Greenergy’s mechanical maintenance leader.

Michael will spend three and a half days a week learning on the job with his mentor, Tony. Together they conduct routine maintenance inspections and carry out remedial work and safety testing at the fuel terminal. The remainder of Michael’s week is spent at City College Plymouth studying for an NVQ level 2 in mechanical engineering.

“We’re taking on another apprentice at our Plymouth terminal next month to help develop the skills we need for the future,” added Tony.

“Traditional ‘A’ Levels didn’t appeal to me,” said maintenance apprentice Michael Fesler.

“I wanted to start work, and this apprenticeship has allowed me to continue studying while getting hands-on experience in a real working environment. In five years’ time I’d like to have completed my NVQ qualifications and gained an in-depth knowledge of the terminal. It could also be the right time to consider an engineering degree.”

Greenergy has owned the Plymouth fuel terminal, made up of sites at Cattedown and Mayflower, since 2008 and recently completed an extensive five year regeneration programme at the facilities.