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Growing the Humber Grant: Airco created a refrigeration and air conditioning training facility creating 6 jobs as well as training highly skilled workers

About the company

Originally a refrigeration contractor, Airco now offers a full cold room design and build facility, along with specialist refrigeration equipment.

Airco began in Hull in 1991, eventually growing to a national company, with offices in Hull, Leeds, Immingham, Milton Keys and central London.

The company now design, supply, install, commission, service and maintain a full range of equipment from leading manufactures and provide solutions for air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, heating and renewables.

The business has gained accreditation to install EV charging points for Hybrid vehicles and the business now also fits commercial solar panels.

About the project

To support the growth of Airco and to meet the skills need of the wider industry the business aimed to develop a new training centre for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning training. The centre will target 16-18 year olds but will also work with schools to engage younger pupils with career and training possibilities within the sector.

The establishment of the Airco Centre of Excellence to up-skill workers to work with refrigeration and air-conditioning meets an existing gap in the market where the applicant has been struggling to source the appropriate skills and will offer other businesses beyond the Humber access to a valuable training facility to support a developing sector.

Job creation

The project will create 6 new jobs directly. However, indirectly, it will help cover a skills gap, equipping young people with skills and qualifications, opening them up to greater career opportunities.

The future

Paula Cullen, Training and Development Manager, said: “ We’re thrilled with our training centre and the developments that this grant has allowed us to make.

“The grant has enabled us to grow our business and create new jobs within the local area.

“Going forward, Airco Centre of Excellence is continuing to grow, with lots of exciting ideas in the pipeline.”

In brief

Location: Airco House, Goulton Street, Hull, HU4 3DL

£412,000 Project Cost

£82,400 LGF grant

6 Direct Jobs