2017 Young Professionals Competition launched   

This year's competition is officially open for admissions, the first prize will take the winner on an all-expenses-paid trip to EFCA's next annual conference which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We are delighted to launch herewith the eighth edition of the EFCA Young Professionals competition. This event is open to all professionals aged 35 and under and working for firms in the membership of your national association. It aims at highlighting the talent of Europe’s next generation of leaders in our sector and at demonstrating the diversity and attractiveness of a career in our sector. 

The competition also presents the opportunity for you, the Member Associations, to reach the YP population in your membership, and promote the added value of your national association and the EFCA network to both YPs and their managers.

The competition is enriched by the quality and quantity of entrants, which is growing year on year. For 2017, we aim to make this event even more popular. We would like to see at least one entry from each of the national member associations, and we count on your support to reach this target.


The winner will be invited to Copenhagen on 1-2 June 2017 to participate in the EFCA conference and YP meetings at EFCA’s cost, including travel and accommodation expenses.

The second and third prize winners will be awarded a support of €500, to be used for participation in the event.

The jury will also select a number of candidates to receive an honorary mention.

The award ceremony will take place during the EFCA conference, at which certificates will be presented to the winners and honorary mentions. The winner will be invited to make a brief presentation of his or her project.

This year’s winner, Kristoffer Sørensen, employee from Sweco Denmark, works as a project manager and a refrigeration and thermal energy systems specialist. His winning project, the installation of a new refrigeration system, is an excellent illustration of a sustainable and innovative project, displaying communication and a vast knowledge in the field of refrigeration. 


How do the MAs participate?

The MAs promote the competition to their member firms, collate the entries, check that the submissions are complete, and then forward them to the EFCA secretariat by the deadline, 31 March 2017.

Each MA may nominate up to 5 candidates.

How do the YPs participate?

The YPs prepare their submission according to the rules (below) and submit it to the national association by a given deadline (in advance of the EFCA deadline).

Conditions of nomination

1. Age limit: 35 years
2. Having the ambition to become a leader or owner in their professional career
3. Having already made an interesting contribution to at least one project
  • In their field of expertise, e.g., a novel design, and/or
  • As a professional (manager), e.g., development of an environmental, innovative, sustainable, energy or cost-saving solution.

How to enter

The candidate completes the entry form and sends it to the MA.

All materials are requested to be submitted in English or accompanied by an English translation.

The MA will send the entry/entries to the EFCA secretariat by electronic means to the following address: yp@efca.be. It is strongly recommended to use a system such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. The preferred format for filenames is Country - Family Name - First Name.

EFCA will e-mail a return receipt to the member association. If you do not receive one, please contact the secretariat without delay.


The jury, which will be comprised of members of the EFCA Board of Directors, will base its decision on the following evaluation criteria:

  • The candidate’s achievements to date, e.g., business status (relative to age), awards, education
  • Their ability to communicate effectively with the client (section B.4)
  • The elements of innovation and sustainability in the presented project
  • The candidate’s endorsements by the line manager/client/end user

Excess material will be negatively evaluated, as will documents in languages other than English.

In their evaluation, the judges will pay special attention to elements of sustainability, innovation and communication.

Timing & Results

The deadline for delivery of entries by the Member Associations to the EFCA Secretariat is 31 March 2017.

Participants will be contacted at the end of April/beginning of May with the EFCA Jury’s decision.


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