“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.”
Luke Edgell, Refrigeration Engineer
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 never looked back. Read more about his inspiring story.
I joined Star Fefrigeration straight from leaving year 11 at school.
I started working for Star Refrigeration after finding their recruitment advertisement on www.apprenticeship.gov
website. I researched the refrigeration industry and determined that Star was an industry leader and seemed to have the best training scheme in the sector. I then decided to apply for the role and luckily got an interview with John Simpson, Star Refrigeration’s Operations Group Regional Manager for the South East. John told me that it wouldn’t be an easy apprenticeship and I would have to be prepared to study in my own time to pass the college course but I was already expecting that would be the case. Finally, I got the job and started working with Star 2 days after my 16th birthday and loved it ever since.
I was attracted to the industry because after looking online and asking teachers, they ensured me that it was a career that was constantly changing with the times due to the introduction of more stringent environmental legislation. I also liked that you would be doing different things daily and constantly learning new skills
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. In the rare event they are unable to provide an immediate answer, they will pull out a manual and work it out with me. Star’s training manager Dave Bartlett has also helped me during my apprenticeship and attention to detail was one of the many lessons he directly taught me. I do firmly believe that if you pay attention to the details everything else will fall into place.
I have completed a NVQ Level 3 in engineering operations and maintenance and a BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Engineering. I haven’t been signed off by Star yet as I have not completed my apprenticeship in full but I am keen to become a fully qualified refrigeration engineer and continue to work with Star. Also, the company incentivise the promotion of internal staff and I would be happy to go on to further education if a chance appeared.
I mostly enjoy the challenge. For example, if I have to fix a fault in a system but I’m not 100% sure of the cause and I have to learn as I go along. My supervisor encourages me to find my own answers and will only intervene if I can’t figure it out.
A career highlight for me was being invited to the RAC Awards Dinner and also completing the college aspect of the apprenticeship.
I hope to progress through Star’s engineer grading structure and hopefully I can access a management or supervisory role in future.
It’s a great way to start a career. You can obtain a qualification while getting paid to learn. Nothing happens like the apprentice pranks you see online and I have never been asked to get spirit level bubbles or tartan paint!