Engineering and Service Apprenticeships

If you’re a school or college leaver with an interest in engineering, an apprenticeship with Airedale might be the next thing for you. We offer high quality on the job training, paired with day release at an approved college, that will lead to valuable professional qualification on successful completion.

This is a practical route to a qualification, where you can earn whilst you learn and gain qualifications that can set you on an exciting career path. Most of our apprentices who complete their training go on to enjoy a successful career with Airedale.


Our manufacturing apprenticeships are based at our headquarters in Rawdon, Leeds and involve learning how to manufacture and assemble our air conditioning products. Apprentices are allocated to a specific section of the factory to start with and have the opportunity to move around the factory to understand the different specialisms, before deciding on an area to focus on. As an apprentice you would be given a dedicated mentor to assist you throughout your training.

Service and maintenance

At Airedale we offer 24/7 service and maintenance contracts to our many customers across the whole of the UK. An apprenticeship in this discipline would see you working with one of our most experienced technicians out in the field, along with spending some time at our headquarters in Leeds, whilst learning how to maintain and repair our complex air conditioning systems. As an apprentice you would be given a dedicated mentor to assist you throughout your training.

We are currently looking for apprentices:

We are looking for apprentices who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

Initially our apprentices start in manufacturing and are supported through day release to attend a local college – normally Leeds or Bradford College where they undertake a mechanical engineering qualification.

Apprentices have the option to continue their studies through to HNC/D equivalent in Mechanical or Electrical training, and some of our apprentices have gone further, undertaking a degree day release at Sheffield Hallamshire.

Apprentices must have 5 GCSE’s grades 4 and above in Maths, English and a Science – along with a positive attitude, willingness to learn and ability to use initiative!

To apply please email your CV and covering letter to


Below is an interview with one of our former apprentices, Matthew Thompson, who is now Chief Electrical Engineer.

Matthew Thompson – Chief Electrical Engineer

Matt joined Airedale International Air Conditioning as a modern apprentice in 1995. He has gained a wealth of manufacturing and design experience since, working in a variety of manufacturing positions, before his present role in Research & Development began in 1999.

“I believe learning and professional development is integral to roles at Airedale and they [Airedale] have provided me with plenty of development opportunities.”

He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008 with a BEng (Hons) in Electronics & Electrical Engineering, having previously gaining numerous academic and vocational qualifications since joining Airedale such as a Foundation Degree in Engineering Technologies.

Matt became, with the support of Airedale, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional and a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2013. He continues to support engineers and technicians within Airedale along their route toward professional registration.