Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion – AIRAH Awards 2021 winner

Open to all individuals and organisations who are actively engaged in the HVAC&R industry, recognising initiatives carried out during 2019/2020.

This award recognises and celebrates individuals and organisations that have shown leadership in their efforts, initiatives, policies, programs and practices to embrace and foster truly inclusive levels of representation within their ranks. Nominees in this category might be acknowledged for efforts such as community service, professional development, hiring practices and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, background and experiences.


Refrigeration Teaching Section Ultimo College

In 2020 the Refrigeration Section at Ultimo College ran a pilot program to offer Aboriginal students the opportunity to develop a career pathway into the air conditioning and refrigeration trade. The Career Start in Air-conditioning & Refrigeration program allows students to develop their skills and knowledge in the trade by completing an entry-level qualification in a Certificate II program.

The program involved various stakeholders, including the ARBS Foundation, AMCA NSW, Eora College in Redfern, and TAFE NSW.

The first two candidates to complete the program were proud Turrubul/Bundjalung woman Lena Gill, and proud Nyawagi woman, Shivanhi Nair.