BAC welcomes apprenticeship graduate Easton
Jamel Easton is on his way to a career in air conditioning and mechanics after graduating from the Bermuda College, as part of Bermuda Air Conditioning’s apprenticeship programme.
Mr Easton discovered his passion for the industry in high school while working for BAC in the summer.
From there, he went to Brightwood College in Philadelphia, where he completed his associate’s degree in HVAC within ten months, obtaining the universally recognised certification. Upon returning to BAC, he joined the five-year apprenticeship programme, which gave him the opportunity to gain experience under supervision along with a regular salary.
While Mr Easton works primarily in the air-conditioning service department, he has rotated through the various other divisions, such as plumbing, mechanical and commercial services.
“I felt the apprenticeship programme would serve me best, as it was the most efficient way for me to achieve my goals and grow with the company”, Mr Easton said. “However, I found that I enjoy the service side the most and feel that this is where I’d like to stay.”
One of the highlights of the apprenticeship for Mr Easton was going on site with technicians.
“I learnt so many tips and tricks on what you can do in any given situation,” he said. “I found that very helpful.”
In congratulating Mr Easton upon his graduation from Bermuda College, HVAC service supervisor, Vance Hollis, said it’s important for BAC to help the younger generation get their foot in the door.
“As an apprentice, you have the security of a job and the benefit of further education by getting your degree as well,” Mr Hollis said.
The BAC apprenticeship programme takes five years to complete and includes two years participating in a trade programme at Bermuda College or any other recognised or accredited educational establishment. Apprentices can work at BAC with a regular salary while attending Bermuda College for two to three days a week, or they can complete their education overseas and complete their apprenticeship at BAC afterwards. BAC also supports the students with tuition as they successfully complete authorised courses. BAC offers graduates of the programme full-time employment.
The BAC Group encourages anyone interested in joining an apprenticeship programme in any of the group’s divisions to contact them through their website www.bac.bm</i>
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