WP Group, one of the UK’s largest distributors of fuels and lubricants, is the latest company in and around Southampton to pledge apprenticeship places.
Fuel For Thought: From left to right: Darren Borras, WP Group Commercial Manager, Ian Smith, Employer Services Manager at the National Apprenticeship Service and Lee Tybinkowski, Finance Director at the WP Group.
The WP Group, which employs 70 people, has thrown its weight behind the campaign by the Southern Daily Echo the city’s regional newspaper - and government body the National Apprenticeship Service to fill 100 vacancies in 100 days.
Headquartered by Fawley Oil Refinery on the Waterside, the group has a 50-year pedigree and is the supplier and support specialist to thousands of businesses and homes across the central south of England.
The company has eight trading sectors - industrial, aviation, agricultural, heating, automotive, commercial, motorsport and marine.
Darren Borras, WP Group Commercial Manager, said: “The WP Group, which has rebranded from Wessex Petroleum, is a good, strong local employer which helps fuel the regional economy, and we’re proud to take part in the 100 challenge.
“As we continue to expand we need youngsters to inject even more energy, ideas and drive, as well as the many other benefits apprentices clearly bring to forward-thinking businesses.
“This is a great initiative from the Daily Echo and the National Apprenticeship Service they are helping to transform the lives of teenagers in a highly positive way whilst making local companies think hard about how they should rise to the challenge.”
WP Group’s commitment takes the number of pledges by local companies to 50 so far.
More than 3,000 16 to18-year-olds from Hampshire are reportedly looking for vacancies on the website of the National Apprenticeship Service.
To find out more about WP Group please call 0800 980 6172 or email .
The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.
Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.
WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.
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