Airedale has appointed Keith Nicholls as training manager following its investment in a £250,000 purpose-built learning environment of classroom and workshops.
Keith’s appointment is in line with the company’s planned growth of the training school. As a full time, dedicated training manager he will add another 140 training days to the school’s existing 80 days, with 1,200 delegates to pass through its doors this year.
Keith rejoins Leeds-based Airedale after 21 years working for a Yorkshire-based air conditioning company in various managerial roles including engineering, manufacturing, technical and operations.
In a previous 12 years with Airedale, which saw him promoted from development engineer to compact systems production manager, Keith was part of the team responsible for the design and development of Airedale’s first 15 – 50kW chillers in 1982, as the company diversified from DX to chilled water products and rapidly became the UK number one chiller manufacturer.
Service manager Adrian Trevelyan, who has responsibility for training across the company, said: “Keith brings to the role extensive knowledge and understanding of the air conditioning industry as well as valuable experience of training and of manufacturing.”
“What sets our training school apart is the instruction on newest technologies and the top-class air conditioning courses which draw on Airedale’s 40 year experience in the HVAC industry.”
“Keith will contribute significantly to widening our range of training in technology and manufacturing, across externally offered courses and internal vocational training within the company.”
“New for 2012 is a 10-day Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology course to be offered in May and October.”
“Airedale is also working in conjunction with Telford College to develop and deliver NVQ and BTec courses to Airedale employees involved in manufacturing. As a CITB ConstructionSkills approved training centre, the school also offers regulatory industry courses.”