Star Refrigeration celebrates National Apprenticeship Week & Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019Star 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!
"I was impressed by the focus on my development.”
“I also like the idea of working for a company with a reputation for innovation and sustainability. Star is a family business renowned for their employee centred values and the benefits you receive from Star, from the start, are pretty good too!”
“There’s no need to struggle with anything, there’s always someone you can ring for advice and help.”
"I was placed on lots of different training courses. I was also mentored by an experienced engineer who would provide on the job training. After just 3 months, I was given the extraordinary chance of helping with the installing and commissioning of a branch contract.”
“Industrial refrigeration is a great trade to be involved in.”
“Star is a great place to train and work…. I am so grateful to my mentors and colleagues at Star who have dedicated so much time and effort to my training and development and have given me complete support throughout my apprenticeship.”
"You can obtain a qualification while getting paid to learn.”
“Overall, my apprenticeship with Star has probably been one of the best decisions I ever made. The team of engineers I work with at the London branch are nothing but helpful. Star senior engineers are incredibly knowledgeable and always answer the many questions I ask.”
"Every day is different- new sites, new issues and new plants…you never stop learning.”
“Moving to the service side of the business has also helped me develop personally. I was very quiet and lacked self-confidence…I have now become a much more confident and self-assured person”
"Star Refrigeration were very focused on developing my skills and education.”
“My biggest career highlight was when I graduated with my BA in Business. I’ve done this while still doing my weekly hours at work, it was hard but a great accomplishment!”
“Being able to apply what I am learning at university in the workplace is also very satisfying."
"I have been working at Star for over 3 years and feel I am a valued member of the team. The most enjoyable thing about working at Star is that there is always someone happy to spend time with you and help you, whether that be with a work problem or university coursework.”
"In particular, I was attracted to Star because of their high industry standards and their year on year success with apprentices.”
“I started my apprenticeship with Star and almost immediately an individual training plan was set up for me...I also had monthly meetings with my mentor and quarterly meetings with the training manager to measure progress and assess key areas for development.”