Havant MP backs young engineers at Havant training base

MP Alan Mak

Alan Mak visits PETA’s engineering training facility helping local youngsters

Havant MP Alan Mak has shown his support for vocational training and apprenticeships for local residents as he visited PETA Ltd’s engineering training centre. The site in Kenwood Business Park has seen thousands of young people make the transition from school or college to professional work via apprenticeships set up with the support of local employers.

Mr Mak was given a tour of the Havant training centre, which focuses on employer-led training in the engineering sector, before sitting down to discuss PETA’s contribution to the local area through its skills provision. The Havant MP met learners and staff in the workshop where local residents were acquiring the skills to push on into the engineering sector.

PETA Ltd (formerly known as Portsmouth Engineering Training Association) was founded in 1970 by Alex Zemenides, with a vision to establish an organisation, controlled by local business and free from external influences, to concentrate on the training and development of people in industry and commerce.

The company now boasts more than 300 member companies, 70 staff operating around 3 sites, and supports approximately 400 learners across the disciplines of ICT, Business, and the Havant-based Engineering department.

Following the visit, Alan Mak said: “It was great to see the hard-working staff at PETA engaging with these budding local engineers at the Havant workshop. Giving our young people the tools to succeed in their professional careers is a vital part of education in schools and through industry-led training providers like PETA.”

The Havant MP added: “PETA are giving residents the skills to prepare them for the future. By focusing on development in engineering, technology, and business, their training schemes support a future-proof workforce ready for the challenges of cutting edge industries.”

PETA’s Gavin Smith, Senior Manager commented:

“As a Group Training Association established and run by employers, many of which are based in and around the Havant area PETA has always prided itself on supporting local economic growth and prosperity through the development of the skills required by employers.  This not only involves training apprentices starting their careers but providing a full range of training and courses to support development right through to senior management level.  We are now in a unique position of seeing individuals that started as apprentices coming back to us in management positions for further training.  We were delighted to welcome Alan to PETA to show him the great work we do in partnership with the employers we work with.”

Alan Mak has been a strong supporter of educational and vocational training in areas such as Science and Technology since his election in May 2015. The Havant MP has pressed for local schools to receive more funding in these area, and has supported community initiatives such as the BlottMatthews ‘Mission 2 Mars’ project. The initiative saw local schoolchildren compete for a cash prize by submitting prospective plans for a Mars-bound space mission to the engineering firm.

PICTURED: PETA Engineering Training Centre Chief Instructor Roger Pearce gives Alan Mak MP a detailed tour of the PETA Facilities, from Machining to Electronics and from IT Skills to 3D printing.
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