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Apprentices take centrestage in SA

South Australia’s top refrigeration and air conditioning apprentices have been recognised at the annual AIRAH Apprentice Awards. This year’s event, held at the Adelaide Pavilion, saw industry members and guests gather to celebrate the achievements of apprentices in the HVAC&R industry. “It was a great success and honoured some really talented young men in the […]


Opinion: Time for a training levy

Dr Michael Riese, M.AIRAH, is Business Development Manager – Defence & Research at Cold Logic. He shares his views on the need for an HVAC&R training levy. Last week, AIRAH’s South Australian division crowned the new apprentice of the year in HVAC&R. The standard of the eight candidates put forward by TAFE SA was excellent, […]


Woolworths opens refrigeration apprenticeship program

Woolworths has opened applications across five states for its 2021 refrigeration apprenticeship program, including New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The four-year program offers the selected apprentice refrigeration technicians the opportunity to gain experience with the latest global refrigeration technologies. Woolworths says its refrigeration systems are at the forefront of technology. […]

Stephanie Peters

Female apprentice steps into a cool career

Brisbane resident Stephanie Peters has become the first female air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice to be hired by Broadcast Services Australia (BSA) in Queensland, a national technical services company. Peters herself admits she took a more conventional path before deciding to apply for her apprenticeship at TAFE Queensland. “In high school it was really drilled into us […]

Public Comment

New training units reach validation stage

Two new units of competency are being added to the Electrotechnology Training Package. The technical advisory committees (TACs) have now considered all stakeholder feedback and the draft materials are available for final validation to ensure they meet industry needs. The unit UEERA999Y Inspect, test and repair fire and smoke control features of mechanical services systems […]


Government extends apprentice wage subsidy

The federal government is extending its Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement subsidy scheme for 12 months until September 30, 2021. The program, which covers 50 per cent of wages paid to new or recommencing apprentices, has been embraced by businesses. The government says it is has helped create 100,000 apprenticeships in less than five months. “Growing our […]