This year’s Skill Fridge 2010 final apprentice winner is Stuart Miller from Shilliday Refrigeration in Northern Ireland.
Miller, who was put forward for the three day event by his tutors at Southern Eastern Regional College, was one of four finalists who’d come through the regional stages held across the UK.
Mr Miller says: “It’s been a very interesting and exciting competition and the prizes are just amazing. I would highly recommend the competition to anyone thinking of entering next year. I thought was well worthwhile and a really good experience. “
Held at South Birmingham College, the final required the competitors to install and commission the refrigeration system into a butcher’s cold room. Grading was given on the accuracy of pipe work installation and electrical circuitry, as well as handling of refrigerants at low temperatures. The system was then de-commissioned and made safe.
Michael Reeves, development manager for SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering sector, which organised the event, says: “This event is designed to recognise the skills of young people in what is an often overlooked industry.
“People tend to get into it through word of mouth, so events like this are important to reach the wider public, and for the competitors to gain acknowledgment for the complex level of skills required.”
The winner will also get the chance to represent the UK at WorldSkills 2011, to be held in London, which will bring together over 900 competitors from 52 nations in a showcase of vocational skills.
In second place was Bryan Craig, employed by United Dairy Farmers and trained by South Eastern Regional College. Third place went to Nathan Blackwell, employed by Abbott Diabetes Care Ltd, trained by City of Bath College. Also taking part was Adam McGregor, employed by C&M environmental and trained by North Glasgow College.