Apprenticeships



Star Refrigeration celebrates National Apprenticeship Week & Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

Star Refrigeration are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and Scottish Apprenticeship Week by sharing some numbers and facts behind our apprenticeship programme. With a long history of creating apprenticeships across a wide variety of areas, we asked some of our apprentices to share their journeys under the #Apprenticeship #WorksForMe theme to encourage more people to choose a pathway into Refrigeration Engineering.

Did you know?

  • 9% of our workforce are apprentices
  • 23% of our current management team joined the company as apprentices
  • Star’s Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme has been running since 1973
  • Over 95% of the apprentices complete their 4-year training which is 80% work-based and 20% college-based
  • 99% of the apprentices who have completed their training, have been offered permanent positions

If you’re thinking of taking up an apprenticeship you might want to take a look at the stories of our Star apprentices. Enjoy!

09.03.2018

Paul Newton

Paul Newton

After breaking his ankle during the first week of his training in the army, Paul Newton joined Star Refrigeration’s Operations Group as an industrial refrigeration apprentice engineer.  His story i...

09.03.2018

Dean Thompson

Dean Thompson

Dean Thomson started his apprenticeship as an industrial refrigeration engineer at 16 after completing his GCSEs at secondary school. He now serves as a Service Manager for Star Refrigeration Opera...

06.03.2018

Sam Gills

Sam Gills

Sam Gills is an apprentice trainee at Star Refrigeration Operations Group in Newcastle. He was named ACR Trainee of the Year 2017. Sam has recently finished his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering ...


01.03.2018

Harley Wilkie

Harley Wilkie

Harley Wilkie left school in 2009 and joined Star Refrigeration three months later. Having gone through different development opportunities and through different roles within the company, Harley is...

01.03.2018

Pat Stacey

Pat Stacey

Pat Stacey has spent his working career in industrial refrigeration, joining Star Refrigeration in 1984. Starting as an apprentice, Pat went onto win the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award from Basford...

09.03.2017

Sarah Patrick

Sarah Patrick

Sarah Patrick has been with Star Refrigeration for 9 years. She currently works as part of the company commissioning team based out of Thornliebank.   Q. How did you start working for Star? A. I ca...


08.03.2017

Gary McVittie

Gary McVittie

Gary McVittie has worked for Star for 16 years, starting off as an apprentice, then moving into Design before progressing to his current role of Technical Manager.   Q. How did you start working fo...

08.03.2017

Chris Druce

Chris Druce

The picture shows Chris Druce receiving the Ted Perry Award from IOR’s President Steve Gill Chris Druce is Star Refrigeration’s Oxford branch Service Manager. He shares his journey from apprentice ...

07.03.2017

Lyell Perks

Lyell Perks

Star Refrigeration’s Lyell Perks was crowned National Student of the Year at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2014. Lyell began his journey with Star at the Oxford branch in 2011 and became a fully ...


06.03.2017

Gary Cleary

Gary Cleary

Gary Cleary has been with Star for 16 years. Starting off as an apprentice, Gary worked his way up through the company in various Production roles, and is now facing very different challenges as on...

The pathway to a great career!:Work, Earn and Learn as a Star Refrigeration Apprentice. Visit our career section to view our current opportunities.