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IOR launches young engineer initiative

The Institute of Refrigeration is hosting a free event to promote careers in the industry to young engineers, researchers and apprentice technicians.

The IOR’s RAC Young Engineers Network is hosting a free event open to all at the University of Warwick on the 14th November.

The event is being designed by recent graduates to give engineers and technicians who have recently joined the industry or who are studying relevant subjects to meet those already established in successful careers.

It gives the next generation of engineers, researchers and designers the chance to discuss aspects of the profession with people they might normally get a chance to meet.

The invited guests that they will network with come along prepared to discuss examples of their most interesting and innovative projects, new technologies, career opportunities, industry structure, and hints and tips for working in the sector.

The young engineers come along with plenty of questions about how they would like their careers to develop in the future, as potential industry leaders.

The event will kick off with some brief talks from Andy Person, Group Engineering Director of Star Refrigeration and President of the IOR, Prof Bob Critoph Head of Sustainable Energy Engineering Research at the University of Warwick and Jolyon Thompson from Parsons Brinckerhoff who joined the RAC industry through a recruitment initiative known as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Everyone will then take part in a unique “speed networking” session led by Ina Colombo.

This is designed to give the students and young engineers one-to-one time with each of a dozen invited guests representing the UK RAC’s key manufacturing, contracting, major users and research industries.

Companies represented include Sainsbury’s, WR Refrigeration, Transport for London, Sabroe, GEA Heat Exchangers and J&E Hall.

The University of Warwick is also hosting optional tours of their research labs of the University where delegates can find out about the latest in adsorption technologies and meet successful researchers.

Network leader Ina Colombo is enthusiastic about how young people can be encouraged to contribute more to our industry “The purpose of the event is to inspire those attending and demonstrate what a diverse and challenging career the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector can offer by making contact with people can share their experiences of success.”

“It can be a real eye opener to those still trying to decide what aspect of engineering to follow.”

If you are a young engineer, student or employer and would like to find out more about the event or book a place visit www.ior.org.uk/studentnetwork. Place are limited.

The IOR RAC Young Engineers Network also has an open group on the business network site www.linkedIn.com where members can exchange information about interesting opportunities, ideas and events.

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