J & E Hall has taken on six new apprentices as it expands its scheme to introduce young people to the business and the refrigeration industry.
New first year apprentices working in the service business are Jack Blackmore (Cardiff), Scott Pyne (Manchester) Jonathan Burns (Glasgow) and Isacc Dynes (Southampton). Jack MacFarlane (Glasgow) has joined as a second year apprentice, while Aimee Wallis will serve a two-year apprenticeship in administration with J & E Hall’s air conditioning subsidiary company, Daikin Applied Service, with an option for a further year.
Studying at college is combined with on the job training in a four-year apprenticeship on service and maintenance work. The youngsters will be on block release at the Grimsby Institute or Kelvin College in Glasgow where they will be learning the basics of refrigeration and engineering and studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps.
They will also be supported by an in-house training and mentoring programme overseen by the company’s engineering apprentice trainer, a new role created in the business this year. The company currently has 20 apprentices and since 2010 has recruited nearly 50 apprentices into the industry.
Many apprentices have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers with the company – some lasting 30 or 40 years. Managing Director Andrew Bowden and Service Director Peter McAllister are former J & E Hall apprentices.