The Australian Refrigeration Council is proud to continue its support for CCN’s NextGen programme to recognise emerging talent in the climate control sector and promote this specialised sector as a profession of first choice.
For smart young people thinking about career options, this industry has it all – variety on the job, working with the latest technology, long term job security and great pay. Just as importantly, the work of skilled climate control technicians is vital to life as we know it, and to our environment.
They make a huge contribution to Australia’s future. Without them, we can’t build new cities, hospitals or transport food. There are very few aspects of everyday life that aren’t touched by this vital industry – transporting our food, maintaining comfortable living and working environments, and securing medical supplies and vaccines. The world would be a very different place without efficient, reliable climate control.
NextGen is a fine opportunity for talented young people to showcase their achievements. Our industry needs clever people like this, and this is an important way to nurture and reward young talent, to offer real world opportunities during their early years, and to encourage their love of the work and pride in how important it is.
Few industries offer such diversity and challenge. In addition to specialised areas like aviation, manufacturing, marine and mining, there are countless career options in the wider stationary and automotive sectors. NextGen encourages entrants from all these sectors, and it is always encouraging to see employers proudly putting forward their brightest and best as candidates.
This is an opportunity to showcase our industry’s commitment to serving customers and protecting the environment. As we embrace ever-advancing technology to increase energy efficiency and drive towards net zero, this industry continues to deliver interesting, challenging and rewarding careers.
Our industry applies advanced technology to make a real and positive difference, and we know this appeals to today’s clever students. It also appeals to people who may have built another career and now see potential to do something more specialised and engaging. Each year we see this in the outstanding young people who enter the Next Gen “Top 20 Under 25”.
Without doubt, the NextGen winners for 2024 will continue to show what fine people we have in our industry, both the young people themselves and the experienced people who train them.