Apprentices off to a flying start

Space Engineering Services has welcomed 9 individuals onto its industry-leading Apprenticeship Scheme through which they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification.  

Following a comprehensive selection process, George Kavanagh, Sidney Copus, Alex Rice, Max King, Jake Parkins, James Murray, Rob Armour, Alex Lamb and Liam Cunningham were the successful candidates accepted onto the scheme, which drew positive interest from across the UK.

The 9 individuals chosen, aged between 17 and 26 years old, come from as far north as the Wirral and as far south as Exeter.

The apprentices have already begun the intensive two-year programme of learning and development where they’ll gain in-depth technical knowledge and hands on experience to become qualified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

They’ll undergo a comprehensive training programme supported by Gloucestershire based training providers Cool Concerns, coupled with a course-based learning programme delivered by Bath College. The apprentices will also gain on the job experience within multiple departments at Space Engineering Services, which is headquartered in Bristol and employs 750 people nationwide providing engineering services to retail, industrial and public-sector customers. This includes building and testing refrigeration plant at organisation’s manufacturing facility, designing a convenience store by producing schematics and CAD drawings, surveying live sites around the UK, technical triage of service calls and preventative maintenance of large-scale refrigeration plant.   

The carefully designed two-year programme will equip apprentices with skills and qualifications that will facilitate life-long employment opportunities. This will help provide a much-needed boost to the refrigeration and air conditioning too, by developing enthusiastic individuals into qualified engineers.  

Mark Woods, Director of Space Engineering Services, is proud to be taking the lead on introducing skilled engineers into the industry, adding; “We recognise that learning and development can take many forms, which is why we have mentors to support the apprentices. Space Engineering Services employees Dave Vallender, Mark Peck, Kevin Seager and Stephen Callaghan all come from a technical background and have a passion for helping the next generation of engineers.”

“Apprentices will gain a comprehensive insight into not only the industry, but how the business itself works too. Space Engineering Services was established by a group of Engineers back in 1988, and thirty years later, its leadership team still has technical excellence at its core.” commented Mark.

On completion of the programme, the qualified apprentices will possess extensive knowledge, skills and experience across multiple areas of engineering, to give them a solid foundation on which to build a successful career as a refrigeration engineer.