Investing in the future - apprentice training

J & E Hall has gained a fine reputation for training young people in the industry – generations of refrigeration engineers have benefited down the years. J & E Hall has always placed a high level of importance on introducing new blood to the refrigeration industry. With age levels among employees continuing to rise, this has never been more needed.

In conjunction with Grimsby Institute, J & E Hall has developed a comprehensive training strategy to ensure its apprentices are given the best start possible. HR Director at J & E Hall, Clive Morgan said:
“Apprenticeships work well for two reasons. The trainees receive first class tuition on refrigeration and engineering techniques. In return we get the people we want and we are able to train them the ‘Halls’ way. Many of our employees began their working life as Halls apprentices and have gone on to enjoy long and rewarding careers with the company. Managing director Mark Roberts and service director Peter McAllister are former J & E Hall apprentices. We invest heavily in young people because we know that the rewards are many and can lead to great things in the industry.”

J & E Hall re-introduced its four-year apprenticeship scheme in 2009. The aim was to develop home grown, competent and qualified service engineers.

To achieve this, the company works closely with Grimsby Institute on the theory side, while the J & E Hall network of service centres provides much of the practical background. The company now employs 11 apprentices across its UK Service Centres. J & E Hall has a diverse customer base and new recruits are offered wide-ranging training in refrigeration disciplines. This can include working on marine projects, remanufactured compressors and large industrial cooling systems – as well as the myriad of day-to-day jobs dealt with by refrigeration engineers.

Mr Morgan is at pains to emphasise the importance of introducing new blood to the industry: “If we don’t do this we are going to fall off the face of a cliff in a few years’ time as young people in our sector are in short supply. We still have problems in attracting them to the industry – something that needs to be looked at. There’s a great career awaiting them and once you have the right skills you can work anywhere in the world.”