Leeds-based Airedale International Air Conditioning is making a major investment in a £500,000 state of the art training centre designed to equip a new generation of engineers with the skills and expertise to install and service increasingly high tech air conditioning and control systems.
The Leeds-based manufacturer’s brand new training centre will help up-skill engineers already working in the industry but will also play a key role in the next generation of skilled mechanical and electrical engineers.
HR director of the £40 million turnover company, Steve Joyce said: “Manufacturing is sitting on a demographic time bomb and it is crucial that we not only continue to renew the pool of engineering skills to secure our future. A substantial proportion of our 370 strong skilled workforce is aged 55 or over and it is vital we have a strategy in place for replacing those skills.
“The training centre will also be used to advance skills for existing employees and is already training engineers from other companies, including BT.”
The new training facility is a true centre of excellence and the premier facility of its kind in the North, featuring actual production and test workshops and tooling. Airedale International has a further £1.5m earmarked for expansion of its extensive on-site test centre.