11 Aug Ellis Air Conditioning discusses Apprenticeships in the HVACR Industry
It is an incredibly exciting time to join the growing Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) industry!
The Add Staff team were fortunate enough to interview Simon Brown and fourth year apprentice Danny from Ellis Air Conditioning to discuss the apprenticeships process and some of the changes in the industry.
Simon, who is the Construction Manager at Ellis Air Conditioning is a huge advocate for the employment of apprentices to help grow your business or team, he comments on the long-term benefits in ensuring a buoyant future for the industry as well as the benefits to employers of developing an apprentice from the ground up to become a great trades person within their business.
As there is a national skills shortage in tradespeople (including electrical, mechanical services and refrigeration and air conditioning), there is a variety of work available in these areas with lots of opportunity for career progression.
He also comments that apprenticeships are a cost-effective way for an aspiring trades person to build a skillset, with minimal debt and whilst gaining real-life experience.
Apprentice Danny discusses his experiences as a mechanical plumbing apprentice within the Ellis Air Conditioning team, including the life skills he has gained within his apprenticeship, the exciting projects he has worked on and how he secured his apprenticeship with Ellis Air Conditioning.
For aspiring apprentices, Danny’s advice is to undertake a Pre-Vocational course, he states that undertaking one facilitated his progression into being an apprentice with Ellis Air Conditioning.
This advice is backed by Simon, whose recommendation for any business recruiting an apprentice is to go through the process using a recruitment agency, rather than employing a son of a mate or a friend of a friend and ensure that the candidate has successfully completed:
- Year 12
- Relevant Pre-Vocational Course
- Some work in the industry as a labourer or trade assistant
- Aptitude and attitude testing
Lastly, there has never been a more exciting time to enter into the mechanical services industry, as the Queensland State Government have recently introduced a specific mechanical occupational license, meaning budding apprentices can specialise in mechanical plumbing from the start of their career.
If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org of you are interested in hearing more about employing an apprentice, please phone Nadia on 1300365606.