Since leaving school over 10 years ago, Dan has tried his hand at various different trades before settling on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. When he first left school at 16, Dan got an Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating, but he didn’t enjoy this so he moved onto a Plumbing Apprenticeship instead, which he was unable to complete.
Unsure what to do next, Dan worked in a variety of roles including as an electrician, a courtesy driver and as a Sales Assistant in JD Sports. During this time he also got the opportunity to work in a Refrigeration company for a while, which he thoroughly enjoyed. At this point Dan began to seriously consider his future and choosing a career path, and decided that, of everything he had tried, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning was the right path for him.
He developed his CV and sent applications to lots of employers, and heard back from Ensys with a training opportunity. When asked his first impressions of Ensys, Dan said, “They immediately gave me a good impression; they were willing to invest in my training even though I was slightly older, which is what I wanted.”
Dan is now in his final year of the Level 3 qualification, and says his favourite parts of his job are installation and repair. He says, “Maintenance is important, but repair is much more interesting because it’s something different all the time that you have to figure out. And you get a sense of achievement when you install a system and switch it on to see it working.”