As an industry, we must recognise that in schools, no-one has heard of the cooling industry despite it being so vast and so essential to modern life. We all have a duty to ensure that the engineers of tomorrow are inspired to join us, and that means reaching out to them!
Alongside the bikes, the IOR promoted their 'Careers in Cooling' initiative, banners from World Skills developed apprenticeships and technical courses in refrigeration and the Engineering Development Trust's Year in Industry scheme offered a route for those also looking to go to university.
Events like this are essential to inspire students and to provide a roadmap to our industry. Whether it is attending events like this or presenting at events in schools, it is vital that all companies in our industry engage with the engineers of tomorrow.
How to get involved:
- Employ a gap year student for a Year in Industry.
- Take on an apprentice.
- Offer summer placements to undergraduate students.
- Become a STEM Ambassador and engage with schools.
- Join schemes run by the Engineering Development Trust to provide teams of students with real life engineering problems through the Engineering Education Scheme or Go4SET
Below are some links to help kick-start outreach in your business: