McFarlane Telfer support the 5% Club Commitment


McFarlane Telfer, the catering and refrigeration engineers, have a history of growing
their own and identifying people as the key strength to prestigious clients who need demonstrable competence.

Helping to address youth unemployment, McFarlane Telfer has made the pledge with McFarlane Telferother 5% club members, to dedicate opportunities to young people for 5% of their workforce within 5 years.

A number of the new starters at McFarlane Telfer join near the start of their working lives enabling them to harness natural talent and a desire to learn and develop. McFT value different backgrounds and experience individuals bring to the company; believing everyone has something different to contribute.

Helping to address youth unemployment by giving young people a chance

McFarlane Telfer’s commitment has developed to enrolling all new recruits onto a training and development programme. These programmes include roles within the engineer, McFarlane Telferaccounts and service desk teams and planned for 2015, a team leader programme. The company provide individual mentors and encourage individual ownership. New starters are enrolled onto a comprehensive induction programme to appreciate all aspects of the business.

McFT finances all training and qualifications deemed necessary to become a McFT qualified engineer as well as the mentoring and time in the workplace to learn the job. Engineer qualifications typically include:

  • City & Guilds electrical qualifications including 17th Edition
  • Catering qualifications: UK Certification for gas qualifications including securing his Gas Safe card
  • Fridge qualifications including FGas and VRQ in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps
  • Health and safety training including understanding risk assessments
  • Manufacturer training
  • Driving training, assessments and awareness
  • Monthly company Communications meetings covering a range of topics

Stuart, an Engineer Team Leader joined McFT 9 years ago aged 20 and is now one of our more experienced engineers and a key team leader responsible for scheduling all planned maintenance for the team. Stuart showed strong work ethic and is conscientious – along with good IT skills.

In the four years since Catering Engineer Zak joined McFT aged 20, he has achieved all relevant qualifications and is now recognised as one of the company’s youngest fully qualified engineers and in doing so, carved a career for himself.

Since joining 3 years ago aged 20, Fridge Engineer Ryan has also established himself as a key member of the team, achieving relevant qualifications to complement the hands on experience he was encouraged to gain resulting in great improvements.

Accounts Assistant, Karan, recently joined the accounts department aged 26 and McFT McFarlane Telfer 3 has committed to support Karan through his ACCA qualifications due to be taken next year. Alongside this, a development plan has been developed for Karan to identify stages of his development to directly support his ACCA qualification.

George, who is a General Manager of McFT in Dubai joined the company aged 26 and in just two years has gone from fulfilling a short term holiday job contract outside of university to now managing expansion of the company in Dubai.

McFT believes learning is a continuous process and their staff and are members of relevant trade bodies. To learn more about McFarlane Telfer and the opportunities the company provides, please visit their website.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit or get in touch by emailing

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