Students at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) benefitted from the expertise and experience of a Regional Expert in the Refrigeration and Air-Condition (RAC) industry during a lecture organized by the National Ozone Unit, Energy Division, Ministry of Finance on Friday March 18th, 2011 at the College compound. This lecture was developed to assist these students in their preparation for entry into the world of work.

During the 90 minute lecture, Mr. Badassee Nanan from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Association (ARIA) of Trinidad and Tobago, a leading expert in the region in this sector, spoke to the students on some key areas that are of utmost importance to them.

Mr. Nanan delivered on a wide range of subjects including: professionalism in the workplace, attitudes to succeed, research and development, training, retraining and self development among others.

He particularly singled out the area of research and development and the need for young technicians to engage themselves in continuous reading and research to assist in updating their knowledge for an industry that is dynamic and ever changing. Mr. Nanan also stressed on the importance for young technicians to become affiliated with internationally recognized bodies and institutions that are major stakeholders of the HVAC industry.

Also present and delivering brief remarks during the exercise were: Project Officer in the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Mr. Leslie Smith and the lecturers at the college, Mr. Michael Cadore and Mr. Henry Frederick.

Several of the students who participated are being provided with Scholarships funded by the NOU under Grenada’s Terminal Phase-out Management Plan (TPMP) for CFCs.

Mr. Nanan’s visit to Grenada is funded and coordinated by the NOU.

The main purpose of his visit to Grenada is to conduct training to senior RAC technicians in R-407C and R-410A technology on Saturday March 19th, 2011. This exercise is a continuation of a similar workshop held for local technicians last week in Natural Refrigerant technology. These workshops are being conducted as part of Grenada’s effort to phase out HCFCs under HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) and to introduce Ozone friendly technologies.