21 Dec 2017

Nominations open for 2018 Industry Educational Trade Scholarship

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Industry Educational Trade Scholarship.

Now in its third year, 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 2018 scholarship follows the success of the program over the past two years – where 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 stakeholder industries
  • Support students who have demonstrated aptitude to successfully complete their trade training
  • Support a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training
  • Support the professional development of teachers.

The scholarship covers tuition, travel, meals, accommodation and training resources 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 of all units of competency. The 2018 two-week course will be conducted from 2-6 July and 1-5 October. Applicants must be in the third year of a Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration apprenticeship at the time of being awarded the scholarship.

Following a 12-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 partnered by the ARBS Foundation. ARBS support 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. 

“Previous scholarship recipients have expressed how invaluable this training is, and how it can be applied directly in the workplace. This is a huge incentive for AREMA to keep supporting this program,” he said.

Feedback has included:

“I had a great time at the institute and I can’t even put into words how lucky I feel to have had the experience I did. I feel that I got exposed to a broad amount of the industry that I didn’t realise was there.” 

“The teachers were world class and the facilities we had to work with were just next level. I knew I was learning and working with the best of the best and that was just a great feeling in itself”. 

“I really didn’t want my time to end at this scholarship. I will never forget how great it was. I wish I never had to leave!” 

“I had an amazing time at Box Hill. Not only did I gain a lot of knowledge to help me in the field but I also got to meet lots of awesome people who enjoy their jobs as much as me from all around Australia”

Chairman of ARBS, Ian Hopkins, said the scholarship has achieved great outcomes for ARBS stakeholders.

“We are delighted that AMCA and AREMA continue to develop a program that is helping to unearth the future ambassadors of our industry,” Mr Hopkins said.

Executive Director of AMCA, Sumit Oberoi, said the scholarship continued to build momentum and encouraged all eligible students to apply.

“This program helps give something back to the industry by supporting emerging young talent. We are very proud of what’s been achieved so far and look forward to welcoming more and more students each year,” Sumit said.

The recipients of the 2018 Industry Educational Trade Scholarship will be announced in March.

The IET Scholarship Nomination Kit can be downloaded here

An electronic nomination form is available here

For further information please contact: 

Elly Wilson, Executive Assistant, AMCA
Email elly.wilson@amca.com.au
Phone: 03 8831 2808

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