As a company with a staff of only 25, IMA Cooling Systems is particularly proud to have won the ‘champion of champions’ category at the CIBSE Young Engineers Champions Awards.
The King’s Lynn-based firm is an independent supplier of specialist cooling systems to the fresh produce industry.
In June 2006, the company set up a tailored training programme in response to the national shortage of skilled engineers and to ensure that its own engineers would be trained to the highest standard possible.
The firm realised that to achieve this it must train its engineers from start to finish, so it established a 10-stage commitment programme that would lead the trainee from initial training and exams to gaining his NVQ3 qualification and working on the road representing the company.
Service manager Richard Corby says: “It’s a two-way commitment. We give the engineers an apprenticeship and decent pay structure, and in turn they put their learned skills into practice to ensure we provide our customers with the best possible service.”
He adds: “As a company, we want to excel in the training side to ensure our future within the industry, so that we are not just training apprentices but training the young engineers who are currently employed at IMA Cooling Systems.”