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Time to get recognised

Calling all apprentices and their managers! The 2014 RAC National Student of the Year Awards has now officially launched and we want you to get involved and make your mark

If you’ve made an impact in the past year as an apprentice, whether it’s progressing in your everyday role or working on a specific project that has developed your expertise, you need to get involved in this year’s RAC National Student of the Year Award.

And managers: if you have an engineer in training that you think stands out from the pack and has what it takes to mix it with the best refrigeration and air-conditioning students in the country, do them  a favour and nominate them.  The RAC National Student of  the Year Award recognises the achievements of the best up-and-coming engineers and celebrates their contribution to the industry.

The only requirement is that nominees should be refrigeration and air-conditioning engineers who are working towards a nationally recognised RAC qualification – and there is no upper age limit.

To enter online, simply visit www.coolingindustryawards.com, click the Student of the Year link and follow the instructions.

All of the finalists will be invited to the annual RAC Cooling Industry Awards ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on 24 September, where they will be able to mingle with more than 700 of the industry’s finest and find out who has won the coveted award.

Last year’s winner, David Cooper of Johnson Controls, has given some advice to potential candidates, together with a review of the event:

“The best tip I would offer is to complete the application with great preparation. Try to be critical of your submission documents and proofread anything being submitted. I would encourage  all students to apply. I have  been influenced to make the  most of all potential opportunities and would encourage students to do the same. 

“The Cooling Industry Awards was an unbelievable experience; it exceeded any expectations that I had. On hearing my name called out as the winner I had to contain myself from jumping with joy – words are difficult to describe the feeling of success.

“I arrived back in the office the day after the awards to a standing ovation. It was really nice to see all my colleagues happy for me.  They have supported me from the beginning, with time to study and financing my training. In winning the award, it is my way of paying something back.

“Winning the award has helped me realise my potential. I use this every day to exceed my normal routine expectation and, most importantly, the customers I work with.  I am the lead design engineer for a variety of interesting projects in excess of the combined value of £10m. I am also committed to working on new enquiries.

“I am supporting the IOR planning for future challenges with the next generation. One aspect of this is to encourage engineers into our industry. 

“On the academic side I am hoping to start a masters degree this year in Building Services. This is to broaden my engineering knowledge and take a massive step to becoming a chartered engineer with CIBSE.”

The closing date for entries is  27 June.

Student of  the Year FAQs

What is the RAC National Student of the Year Award?

The award recognises the achievements of the best  up-and-coming engineers  and celebrates their contribution to the industry.

Who can be nominated?

Nominees should be refrigeration and air-conditioning engineers  who are currently working towards a nationally recognised rac qualification. There is no upper age  limit.

Who can make a nomination?

Nominations can be submitted by either the employer or training provider of the nominee.

How many nominations are participants allowed to put forward?

Training providers and employers can make multiple nominations. For each nomination it is essential  that the information supplied gives the judges a clear idea of how that particular student stands out from the crowd.

What is the deadline for receipt of nominations?

Nominations must be received by the awards team no later than 27 June 2014. Submissions received after this date will not be judged.

Who will judge the nominations?

Once your nominations are received they will be studied by a panel of industry experts who will decide on a shortlist of 10 finalists.

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