The engineering skills shortage is one of the big challenges facing our industry.  At Hemlow, we’ve found our own way of tackling it and it starts by looking outside the usual places.

Our Career Start programme was created to help us find and train people not currently working in an M&E environment but with the potential to become great engineers.

We find people with the right attitude and aptitude for learning, build on these core skills with health and safety and technical training, and then supervise and mentor them on site in a live engineering role.

James, previously an offshore air diver, joined Hemlow in November last year as a trainee refrigeration engineer on our Career Start programme.

On joining us, he followed an induction programme that included internal and external training and time in the field with qualified engineering mentors. As a trainee refrigeration engineer, James benefits from our ROSPA accredited internal training programme for M&E engineers plus a range of specialist external training such as:

10 day refrigeration and air conditioning starter course – Ellis Training
SE33 VRV4 Installation/Air Cooled Heat Recovery Systems – Daikin
SE31 Intelligent Touch Manager – Daikin
City & Guilds Split Air Conditioning System Installation and Commissioning
City & Guilds Level 2 Award in F Gas and ODS Regulations

With the fundamentals under his belt, James was placed as a trainee refrigeration engineer with one of our long-standing prestigious clients – Sotheby’s.

For Sotheby’s, as with all our customer-facing clients, what’s important to them is not just an engineer’s technical ability but other qualities such as reliability, discretion and being well presented.

It’s these sort of qualities we look for when recruiting Career Start programme employees – punctuality, good work ethic, effort, energy, good attitude, being coachable, prepared to go the extra mile, and being prepared.

Read James’ blog for his view on our Career Start programme.

If you’d like to join the Hemlow team or know someone who fits the bill for our Career Start programme visit our careers page – it has details of all our current vacancies and how to apply.

Read also our article Home Grown Talent – A Skills Shortage Solution