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aprilia87
05-12-2010, 08:15 PM
Hi there I’m a newbie on this site and can see there are many engineers privileged to be working in this industry and I desperately needing some advice.
I have no qualifications with regards to refrigeration and am wondering if there are any company’s in the uk that take on newbie’s so I can earn and learn at the same time as I am not in a position to study full time due to my financial commitments can anybody help

glenn1340
06-12-2010, 12:15 AM
Maybe a bit of parallel thinking, I see you in your early twenties so you`ve plenty of time to pick up experience in a field associated with the a/c or refrigeration industry. Facillities mantainance or a company that has this equipment on it`s premises perhaps. Then you then could put yourself forward for any training they may offer. Convincing them of the cost benefits of having someone who could solve basic faults rather than calling a specialist in would be the start . Then move on to thier servicing and therefore more advanced training.
That`s how I got my foot in the door. I work on air compressors and most have refrigerated dryers so I made a noise about refrigeration training etc. I now also work on chillers and a/c. So try looking at the long game rather than quick results, you`ll probably have more luck that way.
Best of luck.

taz24
07-12-2010, 08:22 AM
Hi there I’m a newbie on this site and can see there are many engineers privileged to be working in this industry and I desperately needing some advice.
I have no qualifications with regards to refrigeration and am wondering if there are any company’s in the uk that take on newbie’s so I can earn and learn at the same time as I am not in a position to study full time due to my financial commitments can anybody help



Unfortunately you are in the same situation as hundreds maybe thousands of others :eek:

The fridge trade is quite a closed nit comunity and it can take some getting into.
A lot of fridge guys are family members or friends of family members who already
work in the trade.

You basicaly are looking to do an apprenticeship and unfortunately there are not
many companies out there taking on young lads.

You need to get known, you need to have somthing they want and you need to
keep at it until you get what you want.

Go to night school and learn the trade in your own time, proving to a company
that you are serious.

Write to every contracter withing a hundred miles of where you live and explain
what you want.

Are you prepared to move???

You may have more luck in other areas..

All the best

taz

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paul_h
07-12-2010, 01:03 PM
I was 19 during the 1990s recession, and that's how I got in.
In australia they had a 'pre apprenticeship' course. Basically all the stuff that was in the first year apprenticeship course, plus extra practical stuff as you weren't out on the tools. So it was full time study and prac for a year.
Do something like that and if some one is looking for a new apprentice, they'll look at people who have done that rather than anyone off the street. Most people who did that course got hired as a '2nd year' apprentice. So even though no money earned while doing the course, at least most went to a higher pay bracket straight of the bat. DIdn;t work out too bad, as 1st wages were less or equal to study allowance/ or unemployment payments anyway