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Star Refrigeration celebrates National Apprenticeship Week & Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019

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 #BlazeATrail, #HereBecauseOf 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!

08.03.2019

Craig McIntosh - Graduate Apprenticeship

Craig McIntosh - Graduate Apprenticeship

Craig McIntosh is currently undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship at Star Refrigeration. Two years after he joined Star as an Assistant Site Engineer for the contracts department, Craig was offered...

04.03.2019

Tom Woolston - Industrial Refrigeration Apprentice - Star Refrigeration Bristol

Tom Woolston - Industrial Refrigeration Apprentice - Star Refrigeration Bristol

Now a fully qualified industrial refrigeration engineer at Star Refrigeration’s maintenance and service branch in Bristol, Tom Woolston started his career as an apprentice. Tom received the silver ...

03.03.2019

Alison Farrell - Graduate Apprenticeship

Alison Farrell - Graduate Apprenticeship

Alison Farrell is a Graduate Apprentice at Star Refrigeration. She joined the company in September 2018 as a Contracts Trainee and hopes to become a fully chartered Project Manager.   Education bac...


18.02.2019

Niamh Connelly - Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

Niamh Connelly - Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

Niamh Connelly is an Assistant Management Accountant at Star Refrigeration’s head office in Glasgow. Niamh joined Star after leaving school when she was sixteen years old. She went on to successful...

04.02.2019

Luke Edgell- Industrial Refrigeration Apprentice - Star Refrigeration London branch

Luke Edgell- Industrial Refrigeration Apprentice - Star Refrigeration London branch

Luke Edgell is a third year Industrial Refrigeration Apprentice at Star Refrigeration’s Service and Maintenance branch in London. Luke joined Star just two days after his sixteenth birthday and has...

03.02.2019

Brian Greig - Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Brian Greig - Manufacturing Apprenticeship

After finishing his apprenticeship in mechanical fitting and welding at Star's manufacturing facility in Glasgow, Brian Greig decided to retrain as an industrial refrigeration engineer. He then tra...


22.01.2019

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 ...

07.01.2019

Drew Thornton - Engineering Apprenticeship

Drew Thornton - Engineering Apprenticeship

Drew Thornton has achieved top competence level for an industrial refrigeration engineer after following Star’s Refrigeration training programme. As a fully qualified ST5 engineer, Drew is utilisin...

27.12.2018

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...


17.12.2018

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.   How did you start working for S...

10.12.2018

Chris Druce

Chris Druce

Chris Druce first joined Star Refrigeration as an industrial refrigeration apprentice over a decade ago, and has progressed rapidly through his career trajectory. Last month, Chris was presented wi...

12.11.2018

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 ...


09.10.2018

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...

14.08.2018

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...

22.05.2018

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...


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...

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