The winners of the ARBS Foundation Educational Trade Scholarship have been announced.
The ARBS Foundation Educational Trade Scholarship was established following a review of industry skills requirements. The scholarship program aims to improve a refrigeration and air conditioning tradesperson’s knowledge, promote the qualify outcomes and benefits of vocational education and to support the ARBS stakeholder industry. The scholarship also aims to provide professional development for teachers.
The five winners (all third year apprentices) are:
- Hayden Burgess–Ultimo TAFE Sydney NSW, employed by Gordon Brothers, with teacher Russell Farnham.
- Daniel Johnson–TAFE QLD SkillsTech, employed by Brisbane Refrigeration, with teacher Paul Marshall.
- Christopher Savoski–Ultimo TAFE Sydney NSW, employed by M.R. Services, with teacher Russell Farnham.
- Jesse Judge–Ultimo TAFE Sydney NSW, employed by Atlas Mechanical Services, with teacher Grant Swanson.
- Lachlan Faint–Ultimo TAFE Sydney NSW, employed by M.R Services, with teacher Grant Swanson.
The media release also states that the scholarship embodies eight key units of competency from the Master Refrigeration Program developed by AMCA. Box Hill TAFE will enrol all students and award a Statement of Attainment for each unit completed. AMCA will provide a Master of Refrigeration certificate for those students who complete all eight units.
According to the media release, AREMA President, Mark Padwick, stated that the judges were impressed of the quality of entries received while AMCA Executive Director, Sumit Oberoi, emphasised the contribution of teachers to the development of the apprentices and that the industry must address ways to upskill apprentices.
According to AREMA’s media release, the winners will commence the first week of a two-week residential course at the Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC) in Melbourne on June 27. They will return for the second week of study on September 9.