Eastleigh college announces new apprenticeship programme

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) engineering technicians have important responsibilities for the safety of themselves, work colleagues and the general public as well as minimising the environmental impact of cooling systems.

The new apprenticeship programme, which has been designed by professionals in the industry, will train individuals in the design, installation, routine maintenance, reactive service, commissioning and de-commissioning of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems.

The newly designed apprenticeship standard aims to raise standards within the sector, and nurture rising talent.

The new ‘block release’ delivery of the course is also unique, and more flexible aspect of the apprenticeship programme.  An apprentice can train in College for one week a month as opposed to the traditional day release programme (one day of College training per week).

When asked about the new apprenticeship, Dan Wareham, Team Coordinator, ECTA & Sales commented:

We are excited to include this new course within our extensive portfolio of apprenticeship programmes. Following feedback from many of our employers, the block release programme coupled with our traditional day release programme, will provide them with greater flexibility to enrol learners to the college at more frequent intervals throughout the year.’

Shaun Creech, a lecturer in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, explained:

‘This New standard has been developed by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board. The new workshop will give us the opportunity to run more of our short courses, such as F-Gas, Hydrocarbon / Flammables and Pipework and Brazing.’

To find out more about new Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician apprenticeship, please contact us on 023 8091 1226 or email experts@eastleigh.ac.uk.