From one industry event to the next it almost feels like an ARBS year.

Its been a busy few weeks with plenty of good news announcements that could completely transform industry in coming years.

But before we get into all the details readers are invited to join us in a celebration to commemorate the 200th issue of CCN.

I am not the nostalgic type so I rarely reminisce but what a revelation it was to return to the very first edition of CCN which was published in April, 2002.

To mark the occasion we revisit some of the biggest headlines of 17 years ago (see our 200th issue features published yesterday). Do you even recall what you were doing that year, way back in 2002?

But back to more recent headlines and the incredible turnaround we have witnessed in the lead up to this month's federal election.

I wouldn't dare describe an election as a celebration but its been one good news announcement after another for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Just a few weeks ago the future looked bleak on the tradie-front, particularly when it came to addressing the current skills shortage. And let's be honest, funding for TAFE was non-existent compared to the extravagant announcements made in recent weeks from both sides of the political divide. For TAFE its like entering a new age of opulence.

Labor has made a billion dollar promise to support more trade training including a complete TAFE makeover while the government is providing a VET upgrade of its own which includes cash handouts to employers.

It's a remarkable policy shift after years of neglect. Regardless of who wins the election its clear that the lean times are over for the VET sector.

This translates into good news for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry which is in desperate need of more skilled technicians.

So it is in this climate of prosperity, billion dollar promises and 200th issue celebrations that CCN prepares for the official launch of the 2019 HVACR Leadership Awards next week.
That's right the search is on for innovators, pioneers and climate control champions. This is your opportunity to make a great industry, even greater. Nomination open on May 1, 2019.

Entries close July 31, 2019. To nominate go to:



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