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Airedale apprentice Jamie Acs celebrates a string of firsts

Airedale International’s service division celebrates its first apprentice to achieve a degree in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering.

Service Technical Support Engineer, Jamie Acs, achived a first class BSc honours, the only student in his year to achieve this classification.

Jamie is one of four students representing Airedale at the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education on a day release basis.

Adrian Trevelyan, UK Service Manager for Leeds-based Airedale said: “When he embarked on his training programme we deliberately did not set an end goal, instead giving Jamie the option to progress as far as he wanted. Achieving the accolade of the first Airedale employee to receive a BSc (Hons) in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering has surpassed our expectations.”

Having specialised in mathematics and the sciences at school, Jamie joined Airedale in 2008 because he was attracted to a career in engineering and the opportunity to earn a full-time salary while working towards a degree. His apprenticeship has seen him grow both his technical understanding and commercial skills to take on extra responsibility for key accounts and project-managing Airedale’s bespoke controls upgrades.

Airedale’s HR Director, Steve Joyce said. “Our apprenticeship scheme works exceedingly well, with all but one of our recruits having stayed within the business, some moving from technical into commercial and managerial roles. I think this success is due to the fact that trainees have a very clear career path which allows them to work their way through the business and are given the support they need to achieve the right balance between working and learning.”

Airedale recruits around four to five apprentices a year via the Leeds College of Building .There are currently twelve apprentices within the business including eight in production and four in service.

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