Star Refrigeration signs up to the Young Person’s Guarantee, furthering commitment to developing young people

The company supports the Government’s drive to provide apprenticeships for 16-24 years old

Star Refrigeration is now an approved member of the Young Person’s Guarantee in Scotland; together we are committed to providing career opportunities for 16-24 year olds in Scotland through work experience, volunteering and more.

Developing Young People has always been one of Star’s key values. As a company, Star are committed in their efforts to regularly provide apprenticeships, trainee roles and graduate opportunities to young people in the industrial refrigeration industry, many of which have progressed to senior roles within various departments across the organisation. In December 2020, Star achieved Gold status Investors in Young People accreditation – further demonstrating the company’s dedication and support for young employees.

With the support of partner Young Workforce West (DYW), a regional group which has been established to help employers to shape their future workforce, Star will be engaging with local schools to create work experience opportunities and encourage more young people to consider a career in both engineering and the industrial refrigeration industry. Star Refrigeration employees will visit local schools to connect with pupils, giving advice on preparing for the world of work –  including tips for CV writing and interviewing skills.

As a national leader in green refrigeration technology and sustainable industrial heat pumps for district heating and industrial processes, Star is well suited to support the young leaders of the future.

Nadia Rae, Group HR Director at Star Refrigeration said “We have a great opportunity for work placement within Star Renewable Energy. The Climate Heroes Work Placement will take place for 1 week during September or October at our head office in Thornliebank. As well has gaining an understanding of the industry, there will be the opportunity to connect with other departments in the company such as Design and Production and learn how vital the role of heat pumps is to decarbonise society and achieve net-zero.”

Additionally, Star will be facilitating a visit to Queens Quay district heat pump on the Clyde where there will be scope for 30-40 aged 11-14 to come on the visit.

Nadia Rae, Group HR Director at Star Refrigeration said:

”Star Refrigeration are proud supporters of YPG, reinforcing our long term commitment to offer rewarding and exciting learning and career opportunities to young people within an innovative engineering company.

Star Refrigeration are the UK’s largest refrigeration engineering company, working with customers from design to commissioning and maintenance. 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 interesting and fulfilling careers.”

Star Refrigeration have been delivering apprenticeships, training and fast-track opportunities for children since the company’s inception in 1970. The company attributes their success to the continuous development of its employees which has helped them achieved one of the highest customer retention and satisfaction rates in the industrial cooling and heating industry.

‘’I have had a great experience as an apprentice at Star Refrigeration so far, everyone I have worked with has been extremely helpful with anything I have needed assistance with.’’ – said Cameron Coleman and Apprentice Draughtsperson at Star Refrigeration.

Another employee who started her career at Star as a 16 year old and went on to achieve a BA in Business, said, ‘’I never thought I would go to University, but Star gave me the support and confidence to do so. Work hard and you can do anything if you put your mind to it!’’.

Craig McIntosh, a Projects Engineer at the organisation concluded, ‘’I have been working at Star for over 5 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.”

The Young Person’s Guarantee is a commitment to bring together employers, partners and young people. It aims to connect every 16 to 24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity. This could be a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training or volunteering.

For more information about Young Person’s Guarantee and to find out about job opportunities at Scotland’s biggest organisations, visit

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To find out more about Star Refrigeration’s career opportunities for young people, visit

Star Refrigeration signs up to the Young Person’s Guarantee, furthering commitment to developing young people

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