Industry veteran, Steve Gill, announced a new mentoring scheme designed for the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) industry called Thermentor.org.
Today, 27th October, is National Mentoring Day to mark the significant benefit gained by employers and employees from mentoring and an new scheme for the RACHP is to launch.
Steve conceived the idea for a mentoring program for the RACHP sector because of industry-wide concern about the lack of young people becoming engineers in the industry. A change of working practices where more people work for small businesses or sole traders means that it is harder to help younger workers learn from more experienced professionals in the RACHP industry.
“We have run two pilot cycles so far of twelve weeks duration each. The pilot scheme involved three mentors and eleven mentees. It has been a learning curve for all of us, and we are still learning and improving the programme. We are now confident enough to expand the scope to include some overseas participation and also significantly increase the number of mentors and mentees”.
“These are people from the industry wanting to make a difference by helping others within the industry who are earlier in their careers. It is volunteers wanting to ‘put something back in. In truth, all involved have also found it a rewarding experience.”
Thermentor.org will have a website ready soon but anyone interested in the mentoring scheme can contact Steve Gill by email here: firstname.lastname@example.org