17 May 2017

Industry Educational Trade Scholarship Recipients Announced

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Nine TAFE students and their teachers have been selected as the recipients of the second annual Industry Educational Trade Scholarship (IETS) – partnered by ARBS, AMCA and AREMA.

The scholarship aims to increase opportunities for students studying commercial refrigeration and air conditioning and provide professional development for teachers.

The scholarship recipients – from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia – will commence the first week of a two-week residential course at the Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC) in Melbourne on July 3. They will return for a second week of study from October 2.

The RCCC is a partnership between AMCA and Box Hill Institute. It will ensure that recipients of the scholarship are exposed to the latest technological advances for HVAC&R.

The scholarship recipients are:

Chris Accary
Nirrimba TAFE NSW
Employer – Coldline Refrigeration
Teacher – Robert Rago

Liam Reck
Ultimo TAFE Sydney NSW
Employer – FDC Mech Services
Teacher – Tommaso Totaro

Thomas Stewart
Nirrimba TAFE NSW
Employer – Inter Chillers
Teacher – Robert Rago

Thomas Stevens
Employer – Brivis

Brandon Miller
Nirrimba TAFE NSW
Employer – Airmaster
Teacher – Robert Rago

Lionel Benoit
Employer – A G Coombs

Jake Docksey
Nirrimba TAFE NSW
Employer – R.S Refrigeration Services
Teacher – Robert Rago

Jamie Sigley
Employer – D & T Refrigeration

Innes Dutoit
Townley TAFE SA
Employer – DCM Services
Teacher – Steve Excell

The scholarship embodies eight key units of competency from the Master Refrigeration program developed by AMCA. Box Hill will enrol all students and award a Statement of Attainment for each unit completed. AMCA will provide a Master of Refrigeration certificate for those students who complete all eight units.

“I feel very privileged to have been awarded this scholarship,” said recipient Brandon Miller, from Nirrimba TAFE in NSW. “I see this as a real opportunity to increase my skills and knowledge and gain more confidence in my job. This will make me more productive, directly benefitting my employer and helping enhance my future career prospects.”

AREMA President, Mark Padwick, said Brandon’s reaction to the win was “exactly what the IETS is all about”.

“Our aim with this program is to reward students with a positive attitude, keenness to learn and a demonstrated aptitude to successfully complete their trade training. Brandon’s enthusiasm is just what we were looking for,” Mark said.

These thoughts were echoed by Sumit Oberoi, Executive Director of AMCA, who said this year’s winners may well be future leaders.

“As an industry, we must ensure we continue to address ways to upskill apprentices, and further professionally and personally develop our important trade teachers. Our judges commented on the high calibre of entries this year. This led to us increasing our intake from five students in 2016 to nine this year. It’s a great result.”

The development of the Industry Educational Trade Scholarship followed a review of industry skill requirements by AREMA and AMCA, where both organisations identified ways to upskill and prepare new and current trainees in commercial refrigeration and the air conditioning industry. The program is supported by ARBS, which supports industry through its bi-annual trade exhibition and sponsorships.

The scholarship aims to:

  • improve the quality of knowledge of trades people in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry
  • promote quality outcomes in the vocational education and training system
  • increase the awareness of employers and the community of the benefits of participating in further education, and
  • support the ARBS stakeholder industry by increasing the level of education in the industry.

Footage of the 2016 program can be found at: www.skillsone.com.au/vidgallery/industry-educational-trade-scholarship/