Optimum Air recently celebrated the graduation of their first apprentice technician since the inception of the company in 2018.
Kyle Collenette, who joined the team at Optimum Air in March 2020, officially became a fully qualified HVAC technician under the guidance and support of General Manager Scott Finn and the team of fellow Optimum Air staff.
Having begun his career in the HVAC industry in 2013, 25-year-old Kyle joined Optimum Air with a wealth of knowledge and has since then continued to learn valuable skills whilst feeling` thoroughly supported at the tail end of his apprenticeship journey.
“Working at Optimum Air I have noticed that the company as a whole is very up to scratch with their safety procedures, which is a valuable skill a technician needs to have. It facilitates good habits in the trade, which has been refreshing to see.”
Though Kyle may have had prior experience working in HVAC, he has been able to adopt and develop a new skillset in equipment maintenance and has shown interest in undertaking further electrical training at Optimum Air.
Optimum Air General Manager Scott Finn couldn’t be more thrilled.
"In the relatively short time we’ve had Kyle as part of the team, we’ve seen him grow in confidence through his willingness to learn new skills. We are extremely happy to have Kyle as part of the team, and we see him as being a valuable and key member in helping grow the Optimum Air brand throughout New Zealand. He has a bright future and will go a long way."
Having described his rollover from apprentice to qualified technician as being “a long time coming,” Kyle says that although he has encountered his fair share of career roadblocks, he is happy to have made the change to becoming a fully qualified member of the Optimum Air team.
“I am appreciative of the support I have received and the diligence of Scott and the team for helping me get my paperwork across the line. Being the only installer at Optimum Air, I have been given the freedom to work independently, however the team culture means everyone is able to step in to help wherever we can.”