01 Mar 2017

Nominations open for 2017 Industry Educational Trade Scholarship

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Industry Educational Trade Scholarship.

The scholarship provides students studying commercial refrigeration and air conditioning through TAFE the opportunity to train at one of the industry’s premier educational institutions the Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC) in Melbourne.

The program was created by leading industry associations the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia (AREMA). It is supported by the Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) Education and Research Foundation.

The launch of the 2017 scholarship follows the success of last year’s inaugural program where five students and their teachers from TAFE colleges across Australia participated in a two-week residential course at the RCCC.

The aim of the Industry Educational Trade Scholarship is to:

  • Increase the quality of trained tradespeople in the ARBS stakeholder industries
  • Reward students who have demonstrated aptitude to successfully complete their trade training
  • Develop positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off the job training
  • Support professional development of teachers.

The scholarship covers the cost of the course, as well as funds for travel and accommodation for both the students and their accompanying teachers.

It embodies eight key units of competency from the Master Refrigeration program developed by RCCC. Students will be enrolled by Box Hill Institute and issued a Statement of Attainment on completion. This year’s two-week course will be conducted from 3-7 July and 2-6 October.

Following the eight-week nomination period, the applications will be reviewed and the successful recipients notified.


The idea for the scholarship followed a review of industry skill requirements by AREMA and AMCA in 2015, 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.

AREMA President, Mark Padwick, said the association was delighted to continue its support for this ‘important and relevant’ program. 

“Our members feel it is vital to give something back and to support young talent who will lead our industry into the future,” he said. “The facilities at the RCCC are world class and provide both students and teachers with a hands-on opportunity unique in Australia.”

Mr Padwick said the feedback received from some of last year’s participants confirmed the true value of this scholarship.  

“The speakers/industry experts made the subjects real and not just something out of a textbook.”

“The scholarship would have to be one of the highlights of my teaching career”.

“It was a great program for both students and teachers. The staff at Box Hill were excellent.”

“The concept of the scholarship is great and all instructors and teachers were fantastic.”

Chairman of ARBS, Ian Hopkins, congratulated AREMA and AMCA for continuing to drive this ‘forward thinking’ scholarship program.

“This collaboration has achieved great outcomes for ARBS stakeholders. We are delighted that AMCA and AREMA have committed to continually develop, and take responsibility, to unearth the future ambassadors of our industry,” Mr Hopkins said.

Executive Director of AMCA, Sumit Oberoi, said the scholarship would become integral to the industry going forward.

“It has been a commendable effort by AREMA, ARBS and AMCA. This scholarship is very promising because it is open for both apprentices and trade teachers to support their upskilling,” he said. “The RCCC is a partnership between the AMCA and Box Hill Institute and will ensure that recipients of the scholarship are exposed to the latest technological advances for HVAC&R.”   

The recipients of the 2017 Industry Educational Trade Scholarship will be announced in April.

Footage of last year’s program can be found at: www.skillsone.com.au/vidgallery/industry-educational-trade-scholarship/