Cool Careers

24 Jun 2021 15:00 to 16:30

IOR celebrated careers, skills and education to mark World Refrigeration Day Week!


on 24th June 2021 


We held an afternoon of talks with students, researchers and award winners - listen to their inspiring stories here


To coincide with the global phenomenon that is World Refrigeration Day this year the IOR ran a live online “Cool Careers Celebration” on the afternoon of 24th June.   

Listen to the recording to hear what our industry is doing to raise awareness of career opportunities, improve recruitment and training and celebrate success. The event was hosted by IOR President, Mike Creamer FInstR sharing IOR’s work to lead the industry in making rapid progress in this issue. Find out what networks and resources are available to you play your part.  A celebration of World Refrigeration Day, our industry, and our outstanding initiatives and people.


Webinar programme

  • Welcome from the IOR President – IOR educational initiatives and the importance of addressing skills shortages for the future of our sector. Mike Creamer FInstR
  • What can we do to recruit the next generation of engineers? Promoting our career to schools and encouraging diversity. John Skelton FInstR, Chairman of the IOR Education Committee and STEM Ambassador
  • Supporting the delivery of STEM (science technology engineering maths) in the classroom and how you can become a STEM Ambassador - Jacinta Caden MInstR, STEM Ambassador and member of the IOR Education Committee
  • Three Minute Thesis - Researcher students from UK Universities present their research in a bid to win the Ted Perry Award. The general areas of their work are shown below:
    • New Ways of modelling compressor efficiency by Nausheen Basha from City University of London
    • Impeller blade design for innovative compressors by James Bull, University of Portsmouth
    • Elastocaloric refrigeration by Mubarak Ismail, London South Bank University
  • Why become a RACHP Technician? The UK's best Apprentices and Trainees in conversation
    • Gemma Weston, J&E Hall & Eastleigh College
    • Luke Haile, Lightfoot Defence & Eastleigh College
    • Ellie Clare, Wave Refrigeration, Salfords City College
  • Worldskills UK - a showcase for UK engineering. Mark Forsyth Worldskills  and Chris Baillie former winner of Silver in the Refrigeration Competition at WorldSkills
  • Presentation of the award for Lifetime Achievement by a Service Engineer - and a few words about a life spent in the RACHP industry by the winner
  • Presentation to the Winner of the Ted Perry Student Research Prize - and a message for the industry from the winner.
  • Closing remarks from the President


Your role?

Contact us if you would like to join our STEM school ambassadors network of volunteers helping to inspire and recruit the next generation of RACHP engineers - contact form


Cool Careers Resources available now

IOR Education Guidance notes:

Career Roadmaps