In October 2014, Daikin UK sponsored the CIBSE Young Engineers awards at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The event celebrated the young talent in the building services industry, showcasing the innovative thinking, hard work and skills of graduate engineers. It also highlighted the work of the employers who do the most to develop and encourage young talent.
In, what was a tough decision for the judges, Hoare Lea’s Emilia Targonska was named the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2014 and received her award from CIBSE President Peter Kinsella and ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix.
Dirk Slagmulder, MD of Daikin UK commented on the awards: “Supporting the Young Engineers Awards is close to our heart because it offers a fantastic introduction to the engineering industry for ambitious young people. People are in fact the most precious resource for any engineering company and, in the face of today’s growing skills shortage, there is an urgent need to champion young people in the industry, whether through a commitment to supporting the professional development of young people already in employment or by supporting those employees through further education.
“The awards are also important in that they recognise the merits of those employers that have made it their responsibility to develop the engineering talent of the future; as we face increasing challenges in designing a sustainable built environment.
“For market innovators offering cutting-edge building services solutions, highly skilled engineers are required to specify and install these systems for optimum efficiency, so
it was exciting to see these innovators and the new generation of building services engineers come together at the event.