Greenergy, the UK’s largest road fuel supplier, has extended its apprenticeship scheme to its Plymouth fuel distribution site. Michael Fesler, a Plymouth resident who has just turned 18, joins another eight young people currently completing their apprenticeships with Greenergy throughout the UK.

Michael Fesler, Greenergy Maintenance Apprentice said:

“The traditional route of A Levels didn’t appeal to me. I wanted to start work, and this apprenticeship has allowed me to continue studying while getting hands-on experience in a real working environment. I’ve definitely chosen the correct path for me and am looking forward to developing my career.”

Michael will spend three and a half days a week learning on the job with his mentor, Tony Gibbons. 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.

Tony Gibbons, Greenergy Mechanical Maintenance Leader said:

“Michael brings a renewed enthusiasm to site and we are all enjoying the opportunity to share our knowledge and experience.We are taking on another apprentice at our Plymouth terminal next month to help develop the skills we need for the future.”

Matt MacLean from City College Plymouth said:

“Greenergy understands the importance of helping the next generation of engineers and technicians. Not only does it give a young person their first work opportunity, but it also makes good business sense. Both the apprentice and employer work towards the same goal, to have more qualified people in a sector with skill shortages.”

Michael went onto say:

“In five years’ time I’d like to have completed all of my NVQ qualifications and gained an in-depth knowledge of the terminal. It could also be the right time to consider a degree in Engineering. Everyone at Greenergy has been really supportive and the experience has given me the confidence to think big - Greenergy started as a bedroom start-up just over 20 years ago and is now the second largest private company in the UK.”