Air conditioning company marks record year

AN AIR conditioning firm is staying cool after celebrating a record year and highlighting the important role of apprentices.

Airmaster founder director Richard Pogson cut his teeth with an apprenticeship — as did nearly all 35 staff, including five of six senior managers.

Mr Pogson said: “I started my own journey with British Steel, as a trainee fitter. I left and went to work for a friend’s father’s company as an apprentice air conditioning engineer.

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“I started as an apprentice, so did most of our management team and staff. We are totally behind apprenticeships and are heavily involved in many education initiatives.

“In our first year, I think I turned over £80,000. This year we’ll be celebrating reaching over £7 million turnover.”

Contracts manager Gareth Campbell joined as a 16-year-old in 2000 when the Swallownest business moved into the former Wetherby pub.

He said: “I couldn’t wait to put my school years behind me and start using a hammer and any powered machinery I was able to get my hands on.”

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Project engineer Jack Price joined this year after a four-year apprenticeship at Air Quality Control.

He said: “I’m working to achieve many more qualifications within the company, such as an NVQ in project management and HND qualifications.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without an apprenticeship, it is definitely the way to go.”

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