Tiago Gomes and Nuno Alves from Portugal who have joined J&E Hall as internees

Tiago Gomes and Nuno Alves from Portugal who have joined J&E Hall as internees

UK: J&E Hall has launched a new graduate internship scheme to support students wishing to work in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

The company has recruited two graduates from Portugal, Tiago Gomes and Nuno Alves, who will spend six months in the UK as interns learning about J&E Hall and developing a greater understanding of the industry.

The initiative is supported by the European Union through the Erasmus Scholarship, an EU student exchange programme.

In addition to eight current apprentices, the company has recruited two further trainees – Jake Codd (Dartford) and Jonathan De Lloyd (Cardiff). J&E Hall hr director Clive Morgan said: “One of the reasons we are involved is that as an international company we need to look at an international pool of talent to attract the refrigeration and air conditioning engineers of the future. Through this internship scheme we have formed a partnership with the University of Coimbra in Portugal.”

J & E Hall re-introduced its four-year apprenticeship scheme in 2009.  The aim was to develop home grown, competent and qualified service engineers. The trainees receive first class tuition on refrigeration and engineering techniques. In return the company attracts the right people at the beginning of their career who it can develop to suit the needs of the business in the future.

Many employees who joined J & E Hall as apprentices have gone on to enjoy long and rewarding careers with the company. Managing Director Mark Roberts and Service Director Peter McAllister are both good examples. The company invests heavily in training and developing new employees as it recognises that the rewards are many and can lead to a great career for the trainees in the industry.