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This dual award showcases upcoming talent and recognises the future champions of our industry. Sponsored by ABB, there are four finalists competing for the male rising star award, they are:

At only 23 years of age Alex Hawkins is a well-rounded technician at Alpine Refrigeration. His colleagues claim he  is no routine technician, he is at the top of his game. This may explain why he competed in WorldSkills to showcase his outstanding abilities. His employer describes him as a credit to the industry and a worthy contender for this award.

Jeevan Shah is recognised as one of Actron Air’s rising stars. The software engineer is an integral part of the new product development team and has played a leading role in the development of the company’s new Advance product range and providing new logic and functionality on Actron Air’s inverter air conditioners.

Despite the lockdown, Kaleb Crowther has been travelling around Australia with an emergency worker permit maintaining customer sites for Hydrochem. He just commissioned 10 cooling towers in Canberra with the pinpoint accuracy that Hydrochem have come to expect from Kaleb who began his career in the defence force. 

Jarred Budny is a 21-year-old, fourth year apprentice at AJ Baker & Sons in Perth. Jarred’s colleagues rave about his enthusiasm and passion for this industry. Jarred has also competed in WorldSkills and has won the company’s apprentice of the year award three times in a row. Jarred has always been technically minded and sees himself installing and commissioning supermarkets in the future.

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