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SkillFRIDGE 2017 is looking for talented apprentices or students in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry with a thirst to learn more and the desire to show industry their potential. Registration is now open and there are two routes into the competition: students can put themselves forward; while employers, trainers and teachers are also invited to enter any students they feel are up to the challenge.

The competition focus is to inspire apprentices to push their technical and professional knowledge to the limit. It’s an opportunity to use the latest products on the market and to understand best working practices and current legislation requirements. 

Industry giant Toshiba is the lead brand sponsor of SkillFRIDGE, the national refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump competition which forms part of the WorldSkills UK portfolio, a government led initiative designed to champion apprenticeships and technical skills development programmes. 

The competition is aimed at apprentices and students studying up to Level 3 RACHP. Those who fit the part, will have the chance to compete in an exciting and pressurised environment to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. 

Registration is now open and will remain open until April 7. Qualifying heats will begin during the registration period and will be held in colleges and training centres throughout the UK, allowing students to show off their talent in an accessible and familiar environment. 

Qualifying heats will take place in Portadown, Northern Ireland on 24 March; Glasgow College on 28 March; Cardiff & Vale College on 6 April; Eastleigh College on 27 April and Grimsby College on 21 June with more dates and locations to be announced soon.

The final will take place in November as part of The Skills Show. Additionally, success at the national final could lead to an invitation into the WorldSkills UK international competition cycle. 

Competition Operating partner Karena Cooper explains: “We have expanded the competition reach this year, which in turn has more than quadrupled the number of opportunities for students to compete.

“The skill-specific tests are designed by RACHP industry experts, and we invite SkillFRIDGE sponsors to engage in various ways.

“Industry commitment and a show of support, whether it be commercial or just branding, influences these young people when competing in a WorldSkills UK  - SkillFRIDGE competition. Companies that back the competition in this way help to challenge apprentices to work efficiently under pressure; support common inspection framework standards by using competition activity to deliver a high quality skills set; and assess apprentices’ functional skills against real life work scenarios.”

Karena continues: “The competition is a fantastic opportunity for companies to showcase the quality of their brand, providing a unique way of achieving brand awareness to apprentices of all ages and abilities.”

In addition to Toshiba as lead sponsor, equipment suppliers and sponsors include A-Gas, Advanced Engineering, Dean & Wood, Refrigeration Wholesale, Vulkan Industries and Fieldpiece. ACR Refrigeration Training and Business Edge are Training Providers.

The event is supported by a number of Associations including FETA; The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR). It also has support from three other industry leading events, the ACR News Awards, the HVR Awards and the HVAC & Refrigeration Show.


The HVAC & Refrigeration Show is the lead media partner and is joined by ACR News, Heating & Ventilating Review and Education Today as media partners.


Peter Chitson, sales manager, Vulkan Industries comments: “Vulkan Industries is a proud supporter of SkillFRIDGE and it is great to see relevant skills such as cold pipe jointing included in the event. The Lokring product has been the market leader in this technology for many years and being able to highlight the increasing issues of hot works with the engineers of tomorrow was too good an opportunity to miss. We look forward to supporting the competition’s ongoing activity.”


Kelvin Kelly, training director at Business Edge, says: “The industry needs to attract new young engineers and technicians. Other industries seem to be better known to school leavers and college students as most further education providers have a department offering training and people are more aware of the potential earnings and career progression as a result. Refrigeration, AC and Heat Pumps tend to be seen as more “specialised”, so anything we can do to improve the image of our industry to young people by running events like this should be encouraged. 


“It’s also good to have other training providers involved as we often have a slightly different experience with the learners than the colleges. I think everyone realises that for industry to grow and evolve we need skilled, professional engineers. Anything that helps to improve those skills should be endorsed by industry bodies, end users, manufacturers and consultants etc.”


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About WorldSkills


WorldSkills UK is a government led initiative designed to champion world-class apprenticeships and technical skills development programmes. This organisation brings together World Skills Competitions, The Skills Show and The Skills Show experience, providing every young person with the chance to unlock their potential and get excited about the world of work. 


The event provides a national showcase for the brightest young talent emerging in five skills sectors: Engineering and Technology, Media and Creative, IT and Enterprise, Hospitality and Lifestyle, Construction and Infrastructure. The winners in each field may go on to represent the UK in the WorldSkills championships internationally.



About SkillFRIDGE


SkillFRIDGE, the national refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump competition is sponsored by Toshiba and organised by Datateam Business Media a modern and dynamic communications business with over 50 publications, websites, events and awards covering five business to business and healthcare sectors.


The competition allows students studying up to Level 3 RACHP to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a pressurised environment.


The competition cycle starts with registrations in March each year, followed by regional heats and a final held in November as part of The Skills Show.

Success at the national final can lead to an invitation into the WorldSkills UK international competition cycle. 


About the Competition Operating Partner (COP) - Datateam Business Media


Datateam is a modern and dynamic communications business with a product portfolio now offering over 50 industry publications, websites, events and awards.  




30 May 2017
Source: HVR


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