Students celebrate making the grade as SkillFRIDGE finalists announced

Testing students studying up to Level 3 in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) sectors, the national SkillFRIDGE competition, sponsored by Toshiba, has concluded its regional heats, with the top scoring students invited to take part in the final at The Skills Show this November.

Three regional heats, hosted by The Institute of Materials in Grantham, Bath College and South East Regional College (SERC) in Lisburn saw students from across the UK compete.

Equipment suppliers Advanced Engineering, A-Gas, Fieldpiece, FSW and Lawton tubes provided the tools for the heats.

Glasgow College saw two of its students, Chad Meechan and John Thompson make the grade the grade, along with Chandler Davidson and Steven Monk from Bath College, joined by Chris Hoy and Luke Courtney from SERC College. The six apprentices now have the opportunity to compete in the final at The Skills Show, organised by WorldSkills UK (17-19 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham).

Head judge Mark Forsyth said: “SkillFRIDGE not only provides a unique opportunity for learners to put into practice their skills and knowledge, but is testament to the improving standards of teaching. Ultimately, we want the competitors, employers and colleges to see the value of entering into this national skill competition.”

Karena Cooper, who manages the event on behalf on competition operating partner, Datateam Business Media said: “Our objective for SkillFRIDGE is to improve standards and engage with the future of the industry, which I can proudly say we are well on track for as we braze towards the final.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our lead brand sponsor, Toshiba, as well as our brand sponsors: Aspen Pumps, Dean & Wood and Refrigeration Wholesale Ltd, our equipment suppliers, association sponsors and media partners, who are actively supporting the future of the industry.”

David Dunn, director and general manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning and CIAT Ozonair said: “As lead sponsor, we are delighted to be supporting the SkillFRIDGE competition, which aims to raise standards and celebrate excellence across the industry. Congratulations to the young finalists who have emerged as winners from the various regional heats held across the country this year. We applaud their dedication and passion for working at the highest levels in this challenging and rewarding industry.”

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