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Six of the best make employer of the year shortlist

Six companies have been shortlisted for this year's CIBSE Employer of the Year award.

The award, which is sponsored by Daikin, Lochinvar and Ruskin Air Management, will be presented at a prestigious event on Wednesday, October 9 at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The employer prize is part of the CIBSE Young Engineers' Awards along with the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year competition.

Entries were invited from small, medium and large building services employers and following a rigorous judging process two candidates have been selected in each category:

  • Small employer: Avoca and Energy Excel
  • Medium employer: Couch Perry Wilkes and Max Fordham
  • Large employer: Grontmij and Hoare Lea

One will be chosen as the winner in each category and the judges will also select an overall winner to be crowned CIBSE Employer of the Year 2013.

As well as the Young Engineers' Awards; the occasion will also see the presentation of the IMechE Construction and Building Services Division award and the annual ASHRAE Presidential Lecture given by the Society's president Bill Bahnfleth, who is visiting the event from the US.

"We had a very difficult job reducing the list to just these six," said Chairman of Judges David Fitzpatrick. "The standard of submissions was very high and we were also delighted to see a number of companies taking part for the first time - including several international employers.

"I cannot think of anything that is more important to our industry than employers showing their wholehearted commitment to the recruitment, retention and development of young engineers," added Mr Fitzpatrick, who is also chairman of CIBSE Patrons. "So I would like to thank all the companies who took the trouble to enter and congratulate them all for investing in the talent that holds the key to all our futures."

Anyone wishing to come along and see who wins the CIBSE Young Engineers' Awards on October 9 may do so free of charge. However, numbers at the event, which starts at 5.30pm and concludes with a hot buffet dinner, are strictly limited so anyone wishing to attend must reserve their place in advance by emailing: ngatter@cibse.org.

For more information visit: www.cibse.org/YEA2013