DSC 2868During his speech at the IOR dinner which took place on 21 February, IOR President Kevin Glass highlighted some of the IOR’s initiatives which have been developed to attract young talent to the RACHP sector. The industry has been subjected to chronic skills shortages and the IOR is developing initiatives which aim to reverse this trend. In order to inspire young minds and develop awareness of the sector, the IOR will be relaunching Fantastic Fridges which will feature refrigeration science based experiments for children in Key Stage 2 onwards. There will be incentives for schools to video their own experiments including prizes for the best videos thus offering crucial additional resources for schools.

As part of its mission to attract young people, the IOR will assist the professional development of its young members with a new Membership Development Pathway. Providing a clear route for applicants to progress from their current level of membership to the next, it will offer opportunities to plan their experience and responsibilities to move up to the next grade with the help of a mentor. The evening also saw the launch of the Young Engineer Network which will provide a platform for young RACHP engineers to exchange ideas, tackle challenges and network.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of the above initiatives, please contact the IOR at ior@ior.org.uk.