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SkillFRIDGE finalists announced

The 2011 SkillFRIDGE competition has named the finalists who will compete in September to be named its UK champion.

First through to the final was John Forteith who won top place in a semi-final event that took place at Walsall College. John, employed by Forteith’s Food Service and trained by North Glasgow College and BEST, scored the highest in a challenging task to install the electrical components and wiring circuit of a controlled refrigeration and defrost system.

Judges awarded John with the most points against tough criteria including accuracy, quality of work, which included the function of the wiring control circuit, all electrical safety tests and health & safety practices.

Speaking of his win, John said: ““When you finish your task and are waiting for it to be judged, it’s a nerve-wracking time. So to be named the winner at the end of the day was such a relief and a brilliant surprise. I’m looking forward now to going back to work and college with this win under my belt – thank you to everyone who supported me along the way.”

John will be joined by three others to battle it out for the SkillFRIDGE UK champion title:

  • Ciaran Weir, training at South East Regional College, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, employed by Principal Cooling;
  • Steven Burge training at Eastleigh College, employed by Cosham Refrigeration;
  • Shaun Bann training at College of North West London, employed by Godfrey & Lappage Services Ltd.

Neil Collishaw of SummitSkills, organiser of the competition, said: “All competitors in the semi-final did extremely well but John stood out thanks to his excellent work and attention to detail. His win is also testament to the high quality of training he receives from his college, training provider and employer.”

The UK final will be held on 14-16 September at Leeds College of Building where the SkillFRIDGE event will take place alongside the UK finals of SkillELECTRIC, SkillPLUMB, SkillPIPE and SkillBuild in a joint event that will see around 150 trainees competing in front of hundreds of visitors.

For more information on SkillFRIDGE visit www.skillfridge.org.uk

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