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RAC Student of the Year Awards 2011 - we want you!

It’s time to get your entry in for this year’s Student of the Year Awards, with the finalists set for a night to remember in London

As the saying goes, ‘you have to be in it to win it’ and when it comes to the RAC Student of the Year Awards, there’s plenty to play for. Last year’s event, integrated for the first time with the industry leading Cooling Industry Awards, saw over 20 entries from around the UK, all vying for a crack at the title.

Held at the prestigious Park Lane Hilton Hotel, London the event will bring together 10 finalists, hand-picked by a panel of industry experts, with the winner announced during the Cooling Awards - and receiving their award in front of all of the industry’s key players.

And the road to the podium starts here.

Awards Q&A

  • Who can enter?

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 the 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?

Completed nominations must be received by the awards team no later than Friday 29th July.

  • Who will judge the nominations?

Once you’re nominations are received they will be pored over by a panel of industry experts, who will decide on a shortlist of 10 finalists.

  • How will I know if I’ve been shortlisted?

You will be contacted by 22nd August to let you know if your nomination has made the shortlist

Tips from the judges

How to put together a successful nomination:

  • Distinctive commentary on a nominee’s skills, aptitude, career progression, knowledge and responsibility.
  • A combination of academic record and excellence out in the field – we are not just looking for classroom engineers
  • Clear and well-structured answers of how the nominee meets the criteria.
  • Examples of excellence - how the nominee gave ‘over and above’ what is expected of the engineer
  • How the nominee provides a good example for others to follow: engineers don’t don’t necessarily have to be trailblazers, however, they should provide examples of good practice and/or initiatives that can be replicated by others.
  • Information that is clear and concise. Care should be taken to ensure that information is word processed and accurate (both spelling and grammar).

RAC Student of the Year Awards 2010 winner – Chris Druce, Star Refrigeration

“When I first received the letter informing me that I had been shortlisted I was both very proud, and pleased that my efforts had been recognised.

It was a real privilege to attend the event and have the opportunity to sit alongside the industry’s finest.

There was also great food and entertainment, with the tension building as the event progressed towards the announcement.

When I was announced as the winner, I was stunned, lost for words. I knew the high standard of all the other finalists, so never thought I would take the top prize.

I would like to thank everyone who supported me at Star Refrigeration throughout my training, and the judges who selected me as the Student of the Year 2010.
Since the Awards I have qualified and continued working at Star as an engineer. In this role I experience a varied range of service, maintenance and commissioning works. 

As a result of winning the award I have been inspired to continue my education, studying part time towards a BEng Degree in Building Services Engineering. I would recommend all trainees who share a passion for their work to apply for this year’s award.

I learnt from the experience that your hard work and effort is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.”

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