ACR Trainee of the Year Awards



The ACR & Heat Pump Trainee Of The Year Awards 2024 will be held in December. Venue and date to be announced shortly!

Why enter?

Particularly within this industry, it takes a variety of skills to run our businesses and support our engineering teams. So, we are expanding TOTY (Trainee of the Year) to include other disciplines and embracing Heat Pumps as a sector, a rapidly growing part of our trade. Our new categories reflect this and we invite Sales Executives/Representatives, Heat Pump Engineers, Project Managers/Designers as well as Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Engineers alike to enter. Let’s celebrate the diversity within our sector.


To note; being a trainee does not mean you are just out of college and new to the trade.


You could be re-training for a new skill or having transferred from a totally different sector. If you have any questions on this please contact Hayley


If you are training to do one of the jobs listed and are currently undergoing training, then it’s time for you to enter and be recognised amongst your peers.


Click below to enter - Entries are open!

1. Project Engineer 

This new category covers a number of areas within our trade. You could be training to be a designer of refrigeration systems, training to be a project manager or involved in the service office planning PPM, then this category will recognise the value you bring to our trade. 

2. Sales & Support Services 

Sales, purchasing and other support services are in integral part of any successful business and we would like to encourage trainee staff to come forward and enter this new category for a chance to be recognised as part of our trade. Engineers are only one cog in a company machine and need the help of others to provide a great service. You may work for a contractor, or a manufacturer/distributor, and be learning the skills required to sell, support, monitor refrigeration, heat pumps or air conditioning systems in this challenging environment. 

3. Heat Pump Installation Engineer 

Are you a Heat pump Engineer who installs, maintains, and services a variety of ground source and/or air source heat pumps. If you are able to be able to demonstrate multiple disciplines in electrical, mechanical and plumbing skills as well as set up, and knowledge on system operational skills then becoming a finalist within this category will be great for your future progress.

4. Heat Pump Service Engineer 

This category is ideal for those service engineers who find faults, carries out repairs and maintenance, and services and tests HVAC units and systems. There may also be some installation work involved.

The role can be crucial in preventing critical issues with HVAC systems and is definitely a job which should be recognised more.

5. Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Service Engineer 

Are you a refrigeration or air-conditioning engineer who is responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment? The demand for HVAC technicians within his sector is rising, but not enough people are entering this field.

This means that this is the right moment for you to enter this category and be recognised as one of the best within your field. Your career will only benefit.

6. Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Installation Engineer 

If you are an air-conditioning & refrigeration installation engineer working on air quality and cooling systems in buildings, storage and transport then this your category. This is a very skilled role and by becoming a finalist within this category demonstrates to you customers you’re among the best in your field.