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Apprenticeship scheme launched for air conditioning engineers

A new national apprenticeship scheme to train the air conditioning engineers of the future has been launched.

The scheme is being run in conjunction with 24 of Mitsubishi’s air conditioning partners and is co-ordinated by Building Engineering Services Training alongside the National Apprenticeship Service, enabling the programme to appeal for new recruits right across the country.

Steve Hayward, Mitsubishi Electric’s technical services and after sales manager, said: “As this is the first year of our new national apprenticeship programme, we will be recruiting around 35 apprentices and with our partners, this will cover almost the whole of the UK, from Glasgow to Southampton.”

The company plans to recruit even more partners to increase numbers and help ensure the programme continues to bring new blood into the industry.

Skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock, said: “We want it to be the new norm for young people to choose to either go to university or begin an apprenticeship. So it’s great that Mitsubishi Electric has announced these new apprenticeship vacancies. I would encourage other employers to follow Mitsubishi Electric’s lead and use apprenticeships as an opportunity to grow their own talent and improve the skills base of their workforce.

“Apprenticeships increase business productivity and increase skills levels, so with a talent pool of over a million potential employees, it is the ideal time for companies to take advantage of the opportunities for business growth provided by employing apprentices.”

The scheme will be focused on outbound communications to raise awareness of the apprenticeships roles that the scheme offers school leavers.

Anyone interested in participating in Mitsubishi’s apprenticeship programme should visit the vacancies section at http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ and search using the keyword “Mitsubishi” and their location to find opportunities in their area.

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