Institute of Refrigeration president Kevin Glass says the industry must project its story to capture the imaginations of young people looking for stimulating and rewarding careers.
Speaking to more than 400 guests at the IOR’s 119th Annual Dinner in London, he said: “A real concern of mine, not just in relation to our own industry but all engineering professions, is the lack of skills we keep hearing about. It has been an issue for as long as I have been employed in the industry and it is a challenge that we really must rise to.
Industrial refrigeration apprentice Tom Woolston of Star Refrigeration was named ACR Trainee of the Year 2018 at the annual awards ceremony at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.
Oliver Drury of JD Cooling was runner-up and Tom Fearon of Source BioScience highly commended.
The judges paid tribute to the high standard of entries this year and seven other finalists were also recognised. They were: Evan Minns of JD Cooling, Alex Wilson (Dunbia), Ben Wilson (Knight Engineers), Grant Leniewski (Coolbreeze), Ben Hornby (Acme Facilities Group), Daniel Warren (James Mercer Group) and Stephen Day (Culm Cooling).
Membership scheme operator NAPIT completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Chesterfield-based charity, Ashgate Hospicecare.
The challenge involves three mountains over 24 miles in 14 hours and the team was made up of a variety of age ranges and abilities from NAPIT departments and included Chief Executive Mike Andrews. Partners from NAPIT Drive and NAPIT Insurance also took part.
Leeds-based air conditioning experts, Airedale International, have announced the opening of their new training centre at their head office.
The new training centre provides courses on air conditioning including system design and basic principles. Consultants, system designers, installers and service engineers in air conditioning and refrigeration will find the courses useful. Delegates can get training to become competent in handling F-gases and electrical installations. Courses are a mix of practical in Airedale workshops and theory lessons.
The refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) industry took a major step forward this week in the challenge to encourage more young people into the sector with the launch of its new Engineering Technician Apprenticeship scheme.
The new apprenticeship, co-launched by ACRIB, the Institute of Refrigeration and employers as part of the national apprenticeship objectives, focuses on practicalities and fundamentals of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps to help apprentices develop their careers.
The shortage of skilled technical sales people in the HVAC market is common knowledge. How to recruit the right people into the open roles is a challenge, highlights HVAC recruiter, ThornHVAC.
The recruitment firm, however, has a solution which might help to solve the problem.
ThornHVAC director, Jason Thornhill said: