When I first started Coolphase’s electrical department, Dale encouraged me to employ at least one apprentice every year; such was his commitment to the refrigeration electrical trade and the confidence he has always held in the next generation of tradesmen. This belief has become so ingrained in the Coolphase culture that we constantly employ a minimum of fifteen apprentices across the refrigeration and electrical trades.
Coolphase constantly produces apprentices that are second to none. Giving apprentices responsibility and supervising them with skilled tradesmen is key to this. First year electrical apprentices that run cable tray, pull in cables as well as wire and connect refrigeration cases and racks (with supervision) is the norm at Coolphase.
Throughout their apprenticeship I keep tabs on the electrical apprentices, through their tradesmen, to see how their progress is going. When they are in the workshop I often bring them up to my office for training in electrical wiring diagrams, refrigeration cycle and the like to see how much they have learned on site. I like to make sure they understand why they do the things that they are taught on site.
The aim is to produce tradesmen as knowledgeable and as proficient as the craftsmen we already employ.
I think this ethos is succeeding as Mitcham actually ran the electrical installation of a new Coles supermarket within a year of finishing his apprenticeship. Olly, who completed his electrical apprenticeship earlier this year, will have this opportunity to excel in the near future as he will be leading another supermarket electrical installation. Jake who completed his apprenticeship a few months ago also has just started to control small installations.
I also look forward to seeing Dan, Josh, Bec and Bill continue to learn their trade and become tradesmen that are equal to the other craftsmen Coolphase already employs. I personally take great pride in the quality of apprentices that this company produces.