On 26 June 2019 Practical Refrigeration Training Centre hosted an event to celebrate World Refrigeration Day. The aims of the day were to promote learning and best practice.
This event was supported by industry experts and manufacturers. Apprentices learning on the New Standard’s suite of qualifications were encouraged to participate in the day’s proceedings. Practical demonstrations with new and emerging technologies were available throughout the day.
As well as celebrating World Refrigeration Day, Practical Refrigeration Training Centre hosted a SkillFRIDGE competition. This is something that we feel passionate about as promoting and supporting learning and encouraging best practice is what is required to ensure standards are maintained and achieved. In attendance, supporting the combined event were:
Halycon Drives ABB, Toshiba, Johnson Controls, Mitie, Wave Refrigeration, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Low Carbon Technology Group, GC Education and Skills, Field Piece Instruments, Institute of Refrigeration, Pendle Refrigeration Wholesale, Controls UK and Derek Davies, Technical Consultant, Jointing Standards.
Mark Forsyth, project manager and WorldSkills training manager, commented: “The SkillFRIDGE National Competition heat was hosted by the Practical Refrigeration Training Centre (PRTC) in Burnley on 26th June 2019 where other events were held to celebrate the coinciding of World Refrigeration Day. The competition focussed on the skill challenges. However, all competitors were given the chance to view live demonstrations from the European Association of Brazing, soldering expert Derek Davies and from Fieldpiece technical engineer, Kyle Chester-Marsden. All of whom sponsor consultancy and equipment respectively for the SkillFRIDGE National competition. The venue and equipment provided by PRTC fitted this heat of the competition perfectly and all the competitors were able to delivery on the day.”
Terry Collier, technical sector director at GC Education and Skills, said: “The SkillsFRDIGE event on the 26th was a hive of activity … whilst the captains of industry battled for supremacy the rest of the refrigeration and air conditioning apprentices had the benefit of engaging in the event through networking with other providers, employers and industry experts. Skilfully assigned tasks linked to the behaviours in their apprenticeship standard to maximise their learning experience from the event …PRTC operated this event seamlessly enhancing the profile of all involved.”
A special thank you must also go to Halycon Drives/ABB who have donated a demonstration rig to the Training Centre for the students to work on within their qualifications. This very kind donation will benefit the students directly.