Global air conditioning manufacturer Airedale was pleased to welcome Employment Minister Chris Grayling and Stuart Andrew MP to their Leeds based research and manufacturing plant on Thursday 28th October 2011.
During the visit, Minister Grayling was keen to outline the Government’s policies to stimulate economic growth through manufacturing and create, “the right environment for business to grow”.
Central to the visit was Airedale’s £250,000 air conditioning and refrigeration training school, a facility which shows the sizable level of investment that Airedale has committed to its staff and the industry. Mr. Grayling and MP Andrew met Airedale young apprentices Jamie Acs, Adam Gillies and Leeds City College Apprentice of the Year, Danny Carter. Discussions focused upon their studies and what it was like to complete a modern day apprenticeship at Airedale, who currently has 16 apprentices at its Leeds base.
Airedale Managing Director, Clive Parkman and Airedale Service and Training Manager Adrian Trevelyan showed Minister Grayling around the training school, demonstrating how the facility combines on the job training and theoretical learning with its air conditioning, electrical and brazing workshops. The school allows Airedale to provide an extensive programme of training for apprentices and continues to update the skills of its 380 UK based employees. The school also provides a vast choice of air conditioning and refrigeration courses to third parties including companies such as BT.
Following the tour of the training school, Minister Grayling and MP Stuart Andrew were invited into the test centre to witness the rigorous testing of a high efficiency air cooled TurboChill chiller. They also experienced the extreme silence within the semi-anechoic noise test chamber and were very impressed with range of testing facilities on site.
The visit was concluded with a full factory tour conducted by Airedale Manufacturing Director Tony Cole, where Minister Grayling was shown the precision air conditioning and chiller manufacturing areas. Upon leaving, Mr. Grayling commented that he was particularly impressed with the “high end, niche technologies” being developed at Airedale and was pleased to see a UK manufacturer doing so well.