Peter's Story

I started off as an apprentice working for STC in the 70’s on the latest telephone digital exchange equipment. This gave me the start of a career based around electronics, defence, communications and control systems that would lead me to work on North Sea offshore production platforms and around the World on all forms of petrochemical / Process plant installations.

Commissioning Emergency shutdown systems which varied from sole responsibility to managing large teams commissioning multiple systems to bring online first oil and gas production.

In 2000 being away from home had run its course so I returned to my telecommunication roots running Euro Fibre ring installation and data cabling projects for the MOD. Finally set up a poling yard to run a new project as a subcontractor on the BT low wire upgrade.

The common issue with every project and company that I had worked for is the lack of trained staff required to deliver projects on time, safely and with quality. Believing I had the necessary experience and solutions to address this issue I decided in 2004 to form Project Skills Solutions.

History Timeline

Project Skills Solutions throughout the years...

2004: Project Skills Solutions Founded

PSS started with Peter working from home to develop telecoms training manual/courses and found a suitable premise in Writtle to run telecommunication projects. The low wire projects were so starved of qualified personnel that labour was being brought in from Poland and the Czech Republic.

The plan for PSS was to offer resettlement training and get service leavers into these projects as Peter had been recruiting through the RFEA on his last project to meet the staff requirements.

Everything was going great until BT pulled the project, back to the drawing board and Project Skills Solution’s first challenge.

2006: Training and MOD

2006: Training and MOD

Part of the requirement for telecommunication training was to gain the NRSWA qualification so PSS set up agreements with trading associations with several training centres to resell their courses. This was a time of dial-up broadband and few companies had websites. So Peter set up a website from scratch by himself to help people find the courses they need. Kay joined and doubled the staff count helping to set up the training side and started

2006: The team expands

After months of deliberation, Peter took the big step of finding a real serviced office to push the company forward (and out of the home study). Around the same time, Kat completed her college and joined the company as it moved to its first office, working with Kay on the training sales. An opportunity then presented itself to carry out some consultancy works for a cabling company who wished to get their processes in line for MOD work. Peter managed to land them their target project upgrading territorial centres when they decided to concentrate on their data centre monitoring equipment. Faced with a client requiring the promised cabling services without a contractor Luke joined the PSS team and the company began setting up cabling teams.

2006: The New (new) Office

2006: The New (new) Office

The same year PSS moved to its first office, it then moved to its second office. Needing more room to expand, PSS moved from Basildon to Benfleet into space with 5 offices and plenty of room to grow. Now with two sides of the business training and installation services and the whole family working together, growth brought with it, entertainment, challenges and rewards. Everyone worked hard to build the training course options and locations but the real growth was the cabling installation projects. Working on the contracts and looking for new clients made the team decide it was important to show commitment to quality so PSS engaged a consultant who brought our processes up to the requirement to gain our ISO 9001 accreditation.

2007/08: Electrical Services

2007/08: Electrical Services

Our key client expanded the requirement from upgrading TA centres to installing fibre cabling on MOD bases across the UK.

A further requirement for a single source solution led us to provide electrical services, all of which had to be JSP 480 compliant. Luke whose background was telecommunications was quickly recruiting electricians and taking an electrical course himself. PSS gained NICEIC electrical contractor accreditation for the installation services.

The training services were also developing, and now running our own courses alongside reselling. We gained ILM centre status and ran leadership and management courses along with health and safety training. The MOD contract came to a natural end and the recession hit.

2009/11: Training

As a result of the downturn, the next two years we spent concentrating on the development of our training services. Most of the growth was in our management training services and the reselling of NRSWA training.

2012: Facilities Sector

Installations started working on a contract to provide electrical services in the facilities sector. This required additional staff and a broadening of our range of services.

This work was predominantly in London and required us to add access control and HVAC services. The project involved both installation and maintenance across a wide range of sectors including transport, banking, commercial and education.

As we end 2012 we have outgrown our offices and look for something more suitable.

2013: New Office

2013: New Office

A hectic start to 2013 as our new premise is an empty warehouse which we have to convert into offices and have operational by 31st January due to lease ending on our current offices.

Opting for an empty warehouse allowed us to design the new offices / workshops to meet our unique range of services across the two divisions. We worked around the clock to build offices, install all electrical and data cabling, HVAC and security systems and we succeeded and moved in on time with a seamless transition from one premises to the other.

2013 also saw us bring our HVAC services in house instead of using subcontractors. We increased our electrical works on commercial property requiring more staff and vehicles but now have full storage areas and workshop.

2014: Facilities and Commercial Projects

Our electrical & mechanical services continue to grow in the facilities management sector supporting main contractors mainly in London.

2014 also sees PSS win two major electrical contracts, one for a new build workshop fit out and one for a refurbishment of a 160,000 Sq-ft warehouse of all electrical, mechanical, data communications, CCTV and access control.

2015: Growing Team

The PSS team keeps growing with the addition of an electrical estimator, business development manager and a mechanical services manager. The team grows to support our electrical services and help manager a large fibre cabling project installing all the communications cabling for a 27 lift system being installed in a large London bank.

2016: Social Housing

In 2016 PSS wins a contract to deliver electrical services to the main contractor for social housing reactive and planned maintenance. This work grew steadily as we developed our capability to deliver with contract support staff and an additional office being built to accommodate a support team.

2018: Growing Team

2018: Growing Team

Rapid growth with more contracts in the social housing sector requiring us to add 10 more electricians, vans and equipment along with additional supervision and support staff.

Contracts now also require fixed wire testing services on occupied and void premises along with all associated remedial works. Kitchen and bathroom upgrades are also now part of our contracted works.

2019: Safety First

We now have a full-time HSEQ manager in the company covering the business requirements to ensure we have a safe workforce. Training, toolbox talks and site visits have commenced and our aim is to gain 45001 accreditation by year end.

Our Core Values

We at Project Skills Solutions are committed to our policies and our values are ingrained into our staff, which resonates throughout the company from Director level to on the road engineers

Mission Statement

Project Skills Solutions was formed to provide the essential components to allow companies to deliver successful projects.

Based on 30 years of experience the provision of management, Consultancy, Installation services, recruitment and Training in all the essential skills required for the safe delivery of the project requirements.

We endeavour to offer the highest quality and support across all our services to allow our clients to complete projects competitively and safely.

Environmental

Project Skills Solutions:

  • is committed to minimise any detrimental impact on the environment that may result from its activities, and to consider its performance in this regard, and opportunities for improvement on a continuing basis.

Equality

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally.

 

Data Protection

Our business will ensure that personal data that we hold is kept secure and that it is held for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is being processed.

 

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