Practical competition seen as good for developing engineers’ careers as well as their skills
Registration for the practical skills competition SkillFRIDGE opens on March 1. The organisers of the competition says that the competition is a way for the cooling industry to tackle the skills crisis head-on, helping to cultivate a knowledgeable, innovative and inspired workforce.
The competition, which has a series of regional heats before culminating in a national final is seen as boosting the candidate’s overall experience, according to lead judge Mark Forsyth. He said: “It’s a career-boosting platform.”
The 2018 national winner Dominic Dray of Royale Refrigeration & Air Conditioning agrees that the benefits go beyond the practical success. He said: “It’s given me so much more confidence in the workplace. It was definitely worth taking part for that reason, and also to meet more people from the industry and to make useful connections.”
[cut here if needed] The combination of skills that SkillFRIDGE assesses is also appreciated by the candidates. Star Refrigeration’s Sam Gills, who took the bronze medal position, said: “SkillFRIDGE incorporated both refrigeration and air conditioning installation and commissioning, which made it really interesting working on a range of cooling systems.”
The contest is delivered in association with WorldSkills UK, a Department for Education-funded partnership between businesses, education and government that aims to bolster the reputation of apprenticeships, and ultimately safeguard the UK’s economic future.
Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive of WorldSkills UK, said: “Three quarters of employers view productivity as their number one priority and to achieve this, technology and skills go hand-in-hand. A boost to the UK economy will only be realised if we excite, inspire and educate young people. It’s vital to securing our future economic resilience.”