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Industrial Refrigeration Engineering Apprentice Programme


We are now closed for applications until 2025

Industrial Refrigeration Engineer

Bristol - London - Oxford - Manchester - Leeds - Newcastle - Derby - Bellshill - Aberdeen

The Company

Star Refrigeration is the UK’s largest independent industrial refrigeration engineering company, founded in 1970, working with customers from design to commissioning and maintenance, supported by a nationwide branch structure. The company is comprised of six business units and currently has around 400 employees throughout the group. We are an Investors in People Platinum accredited employer and recognise the important role our employees play in our success which is why they are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to support and encourage our employees to pursue their interests and provide development opportunities to ensure they have rewarding and fulfilling careers.

Star Apprenticeship Programme

Apprenticeships have always played an important role in Star, with 25% of our current management team having joined the company as an apprentice or trainee. The company take on a group of apprentices each year based throughout the UK, the apprentices will combine academic learning with on-site work based learning from our experienced engineering teams. The apprenticeships last between 3 and 4 years and successful apprentices will be offered permanent employment as Refrigeration Engineers with progression opportunities through our engineer grading system as well as scope for development into other areas of the business.


The apprenticeship scheme has a competitive salary structure with 6 monthly increments based on key performance indicators and generous company benefits. Apprentices will also have the opportunities to get involved in industry specific events, key networking activities and industry awards.

Read our apprenticeship stories and learn about some of apprentices journey’s

What will I learn?

  • Service, maintenance and installation of refrigeration systems and components

  • Health and Safety and environmental legislation and working practices

  • Fault diagnosis and rectification through root cause analysis

  • Safe handling of refrigerants (including ammonia and CO2)

  • Electrical systems

  • Communication and customer care

Become a Star Apprentice

What you need to be a Star Apprentice:
  • An interest in a career in Engineering
  • You would like to learn about refrigeration
  • You are hardworking
  • You have 4 GCSEs, grades A-C including English, Maths and at least one Science subject or Scottish equivalent (Intermediate 2/National 5s).

Application process

We would like to hear about you and why this is the apprenticeship for you, send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@star-ref.co.uk
Industrial Refrigeration Engineering Apprentice Programme