Artic focuses on training
Artic Building Services is building on the success of its training and apprenticeship programme, which was established ten years ago. The company see this as a way to ensure its own engineering base and also to benefit the wider industry at large in developing suitable candidates for long term careers in the core hard FM disciplines such as HVAC, electrical engineering and refrigeration.
The apprentice scheme owes its inception to the forward-thinking of the company founder, Vince McAnallen, himself an engineering apprenticeship graduate from his early days in the industry. He saw the flow of suitably qualified and motivated young people in the FM engineering sector really begin to slow down.
Artic’s NVQ engineering apprenticeship scheme sees school leavers and ‘young improvers’ apply for places available at the start of each year. Candidates come to the company either directly 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 and whilst the majority are still with Artic, we have also seen many others move into other parts of the industry such as combustion engineering with domestic gas companies and various engineering roles with major end users in the education and healthcare sectors.
Collectively, Artic’s technical and supervisory team has over 200 years of HVAC and electrical industry experience to offer apprentices in their professional development. Learning and development will also continue after the apprenticeship has been completed, with opportunities presented to successful candidates for further industry qualifications, such as HNCs.
As a company, Artic has 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. Artic is committed to the Hard FM industry and will continue to support young fresh eager apprentices on their work journey.