The Arctic training & apprenticeship scheme is celebrating a decade of preparing young people for the rigours of the FM industry.

Vince McAnallen, Founding Partner of Arctic, see this as a way to bolster its own engineering base and supporting the wider industry in developing suitable candidates for long term careers in hard FM disciplines such as, HVAC, electrical and refrigeration.

The NVQ engineering apprenticeship scheme sees school leavers and ‘young improvers’ apply for places available at the start of each year. Candidates apply directly to the company or through links with local further education colleges. 

In the 10 years of the scheme, 40 engineers have been prepared for a career in FM engineering. The majority still work for Arctic but many others have been fed into other industry companies specialising in combustion engineering with domestic gas companies and various engineering roles with major end users in the education and healthcare sectors.

Arctic’s technical and supervisory team have over 200 years of HVAC and electrical industry experience to offer apprentices in their professional development. Forward thinking will also continue after the apprenticeship has been completed with opportunities presented to successful candidates for further industry qualifications, HNC’s etc.

As a company we have seen the apprenticeship scheme develop many young engineers for the industry, but it undoubtedly brings benefits for the company too. Potentially guiding a young engineer from a general handyman through to a multi-skilled engineer. 

For more details on the Artic Apprenticeship Scheme, please contact

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