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The refrigeration engineer talks about his apprenticeship journey with Total People. 

We spoke to Total People apprentice Xavier Weakley, a Refrigeration Engineer apprentice  

with Sodexo, about his apprenticeship and his career ambitions.  

What attracted you to an apprenticeship with Total People?  

I wanted to do an apprenticeship because it applied both practical learning with onsite learning. I’m currently studying a four year Level 2 and Level 3 Refrigeration Engineer apprenticeship. 

What do you do in work as part of your apprenticeship and what skills have you learned?  

I help engineers with maintenance installations and fixing units while learning at the same time. I’ve learned how to use tools, how the systems work , and how to fix them. I think I’m progressing well.  

What help and support have you received from Total People?  

My tutors Adam and Paul have always offered support if I’ve needed it and Adam has given me lots of industry advice. My career aim is to become a fully-fledged refrigeration engineer and I’m most proud of passing all of my tests so far. 

Would you recommend an apprenticeship and what would you say to someone looking to apply?  

I would recommend it. I would say to someone looking to apply that it is a lot of work! However, it is a good subject to study with lots to learn and covering a number of different areas such as electrics, piping, and working with pressures.   

Find out more about our wide range of Engineering and Refrigeration qualifications.  

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