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Engineering students impressed by Airedale

Engineering students impressed by Airedale

Date: 11th December 2012  |   Posted by: Airedale Team  |   Posted in: Press release

Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, December 11, 2012

A group of fifteen Year 11 pupils from a Leeds secondary school who are studying the National Diploma in Engineering, visited Airedale International Air Conditioning recently on a fact-finding mission about careers in engineering, and were duly impressed by the career path taken by two of Airedale’s apprentices.

Keen to meet and greet some of the 360 staff who ensure Airedale International Air Conditioning is the number one UK manufacturer of chillers and precision cooling products, the students’ first port of call was the company’s dedicated training school.

World Class Engineering in the Area

Guiseley School Employer Engagement Coordinator Melissa Webb, who accompanied the students, explained the purpose of the visit: “Some of the engineering and manufacturing that takes place on our doorstep is world class. It is our duty at school to make students aware of this, to see it and be inspired.

“So often we read in the press stories relating to lack of jobs in this industry sector, but when you go and visit employers like Airedale, we hear a very different story.  It is crucial that our students understand and see first-hand some the opportunities available to them so that when they leave school they can make informed career choices.”

Airedale's Apprenticeship Scheme

The students were particularly interested in Airedale’s apprenticeship scheme as an option to the traditional university route to becoming an engineer. Airedale currently has 17 apprentices who combine study with gaining valuable experience working in departments throughout the company.

Giving an insight to their own career paths, were 19 year old Airedale apprentices Sam Mostacci and David Strong, who are studying one day a week for a three year foundation degree in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at Grimsby Institute.

Added Melissa: “Meeting Airedale apprentices, just a few years older than our students, and hearing them talk about their roles at Airedale with such enthusiasm is a great way to motivate and inspire other young students. The students enjoyed the visit and derived a lot from it.”

Student Hayley Osborne said: “Our trip to Airedale really opened my eyes to the different opportunities available in engineering. Seeing a factory floor and meeting apprentices first-hand refreshed my enthusiasm for engineering. The trip was great as it helped me decide which sector of engineering I want to go into.”

Said Steve Joyce: “We were delighted to welcome the students to Airedale. The visit will have given them a valuable insight into the operation of the UK’s largest privately-owned manufacturer and major exporter of air conditioning products. The students were particularly impressed by the fact that all facets of the company are under one roof.”

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