What is NextGen?
NextGen aims to connect the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) industry with the next generation of RAC technicians. It was initially created to address the critical skills shortage in our industry. We are routinely on the Priority Jobs List due to an acute shortage of technicians and this is partly due to the fact that the average age of the RAC workforce is 39 with 24 per cent aged over 50. NextGen is a great opportunity to support an industry initiative at a grass roots level especially at a time when the federal government is undertaking a wide range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) reforms to better align the needs of industry and higher education. These reforms are critical to the development of a highly skilled workforce. In the last Federal Budget the government announced a $525 million skills package to address the current shortage and provide business with a pipeline of qualified workers.
How does NextGen work?
WorldSkills Australia and CCN will connect industry with the Next Generation of technicians by recognising and promoting trade excellence. WorldSkills Australia are the experts when it comes to recognising excellence, it is an organisation that has built a movement around changing the lives of young people through skills. Our plan is to create an annual Top 20 technicians under 25 years of age. These technicians will be industry ambassadors all year round but initially they will be profiled in CCN and will represent every state and territory in Australia.
A panel of experts will select the annual Top 20 under 25 with winners announced at a special event in Melbourne on May 18, 2020. This is where industry, government and our Top 20 will come together to celebrate the appointment of our 20 career ambassadors. As the only independent publication for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning in Australia we work closely with industry groups to champion this sector.
Judging Criteria for Top 20 under 25 years of age
Nominations are open to male or female apprentices (under the age of 25) who have demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their trade and training. The judges will look for examples of excellence which include, but are not limited to:
- Participation in their formal training
- Outstanding performance in the workplace
- Achievements demonstrating excellence in your skill
- Contribution to the advancement of the employers’ business
- Two written references (200 words or less)
- Ability to be an ambassador for the RAC sector
Nominations open January 15, 2020 and close April 15, 2020.