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Star takes fair approach to apprenticeships

UK: Glasgow-based Star Refrigeration will be promoting the benefits of the industrial refrigeration and heating industry at the annual Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair next month.

The apprenticeship recruitment fair, the largest of its kind in the North of England, is expected to welcome over 8,000 visitors to the First Direct Arena on Monday 5 February.

Organised by Leeds Council, the event aims to give organisations from a variety of sectors the chance to promote their apprenticeship schemes to a wide range of people of all age groups.

Star Refrigeration will be showcasing its three-year industrial engineering apprenticeship programme. It gives participants the chance to work, earn, learn and achieve a qualification that will enable them to jump start  a career in the industrial refrigeration and heating sector. 

Apprentices will work full-time while training under Star’s own expert engineers and studying at college, alongside other apprentices.

After graduating, apprentices  are generally offered a permanent  position at the company, with the chance to further their career towards senior levels through Star’s engineering grading system.

“Our industrial refrigeration and heating engineering apprenticeship programme is an excellent way to develop a career in this exciting and expanding sector and are fully funded, meaning applicants will not be left with any student debt,” said Star Refrigeration’s northern regional manager Jeff Gurnett. “Successful candidates in our engineer apprentice programme will also be able to earn as they learn, with generous starting salaries from £15,000 that rise to over £28,000 incrementally over a three-year period.”

In addition to its industrial refrigeration and heating apprenticeships, the company also provides a diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities across various departments, including administration and manufacturing.

The approach seems to be successful, with the scheme being completed by 95% of all apprentices. Several senior Star employees and a quarter of the current management team initially joined the company through its engineering apprenticeship or trainee programmes. 

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