CCN has partnered with peak industry body the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) to launch NextGen 2021.

The NextGen program was created to connect the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) industry with the next generation of RAC technicians.

Together, ARC and CCN, are working to address the current RAC skills shortage with grass roots initiatives such as NextGen where we can showcase industry excellence.

As part of NextGen we are searching for Australia’s best apprentices under the age of 25.

The search covers every state and territory in Australia, but be warned, there is only a few weeks to nominate so don’t waste any time get your entries in at

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 winners, who will be our Top 20 under 25, will be profiled in this magazine, online and across a number of social media platforms.

The goal is to let the whole world know what a great trade RAC can be and showcase the opportunities awaiting so many school leavers who choose to join our industry.

ARC CEO, Glenn Evans, said the council is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of NextGen as it is a great opportunity to support future leaders.

“The RAC industry is vital to modern life,” he said. “Ensuring we attract, retain and promote high quality people in our sector is very important.”

Entries close 25 June, 2021.