RAC apprentices compete to be named gold medal winner in the national Skill competition at The ACR Show 2016
The ACR Show, the UK’s only exhibition for the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, heating and heat pump sectors will, for the first time, feature the national SkillFRIDGE competition. Six apprentices from across UK colleges and training providers will compete at the show to achieve gold medal position.
The 12 hour competition will showcase the skills and knowledge required to work in the HVACR industry and include electrical wiring, fault finding, pipe work fabrication, joining of materials, commissioning, refrigerant charging efficient set up and recovery of refrigerant. Apart from vocational skills, the judges will be looking for ability to design, plan and effectively solve problems encountered in the test projects.
In August 2015 Team UK had great success with Chris Baillie (Bailie Refrigeration Ltd, and South East Regional College, Belfast) gaining silver medal and runner up at the WorldSkills International vocational skill competition in Sao Paulo Brazil.
WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world. Held every two years, the Competition sees around 1000 young people, aged 18-25, from all over the world come together to compete for medals in more than 45 different skills including Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Welding, Web Design, Cooking and Bricklaying.
Chris’ journey began with his college tutor noticing his potential and entering him into the national SkillFRIDGE competition. Chris went onto win the gold medal at The Skill Show finals in November 2013.
Chris was part of a squad of four apprentices identified during the SkillFRIDGE finals in 2013, from then on Chris completed a specific training programme designed and delivered by his training manager, and after further national selection tests went onto represent Team UK at the WorldSkills International competition in Brazil.
Chris is an ambassador for vocational skill competitions, and not only holds a unique memory of the experience, but has made his family, employer and college very proud. Event manager Karena Cooper said: “We are delighted to announce that Chris will be at The ACR Show to support this year’s competitors. He will also be available for interviews.”
Mark Forsyth WorldSkills UK training manager and SkillFRIDGE lead judge said: “By participating in skill competitions, the UK is able to share best practice on vocational teaching, and raise standards and expertise in further education, skills and apprenticeships on a national scale.”
The national SkillFRIDGE competition is supported by: JAVAC, Lawton Tubes, AGAS, FSW, HSS, Star Refrigeration; AC Accessories, Bruntwood and Advanced Engineering.
The competition will see individuals from the from the following colleges taking part: Eastleigh College; Cardiff & Vale, Manchester College; Glasgow Kelvin; College of North West London and SERC (further and higher education college formed by the merger of the North Down, East Down and Lisburn Institutes).