Stuart Millar and Bryan Craig, both 20, have been selected to join Squad UK at WorldSkills London 2011
The young engineers had already cut their teeth at the UK Skills Finals earlier in the year were Millar and Craig achieved first and second respectively, while Craig achieved third place in the Cooling Industry Awards 2010.
For the selection process they endured a total of 19 hours working under intensive observation over a three day period - tasks included the manufacture and fabrication of a heat exchanger to dimension, fault finding and repair and commissioning.
The boys will now begin an intense training programme with Squad UK, members of which are all aged 24 and under, and who represent over 30 skill areas ranging from Electrical Installation, Mobile Robotics and Web Design to Cooking, Hairdressing and of course Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
Each Squad UK member will be supported by a dedicated Training Manager, who will help them prepare for the final selection competitions to be held in June 2011, where successful Squad members will be selected by UK Skills to form Team UK, which will go on to represent the country at WorldSkills London 2011.
The event will be held from 5 – 8 October next year - in the refrigeration and air-conditioning category.
Skills and Lifelong Learning minister John Hayes, said: “Vocational qualifications are essential to the Government’s commitment to securing a highly skilled and capable workforce which is internationally competitive.
“The young people in Squad UK are living proof of the standards of excellence found in our vocational learning programmes and are fine examples of the talented, dedicated and committed apprentices we have in this country. This is why the Government has committed itself even further to workplace training with apprentices at its heart, and I wish every competitor the best of luck in the lead up to Worldskills London 2011.”