Twenty four-year old Shaun Bann from Godfrey & Lappage Services Ltd has been crowned the 2011 SkillFRIDGE champion
The finalists were faced with a complex installation and commissioning of a refrigeration system into a simulated cold room. Shaun, a student at the College of North West London, beat three other competitors to take the gold medal after judges scored him most highly against strict criteria including correct refrigerant handling and accuracy of pipework installation, electrical circuitry and operating temperatures.
A silver medal was awarded to John Forteith of Forteith’s Food Service, North Glasgow College and BEST. Steven Burge of Cosham Refrigeration and Eastleigh College took the bronze medal.
Speaking after his win, Shaun said: “I hadn’t been used to working under so much pressure and I was worried about how well I had done, so I was amazed to hear my name read out as the winner. I’d like to thank all at Godfrey & Lappage Services for their support – and I hope this can inspire more young people as I didn’t succeed in school but have worked hard to be practically skilled.”
Neil Collishaw of SummitSkills, organiser of the competition, said: “Just watching these talented people compete has been fantastic. Aside from their obvious technical skills I’ve been particularly impressed by the conduct and professionalism of the competitors – they are a credit to their families and an asset to their employers.”
“The competitors were strongly matched and our congratulations goes out to all those that competed”, said Mark Forsyth, director of Coriolis International Ltd and SkillFRIDGE judge. “It was a close margin between gold, silver and bronze with only 3.5 points separating them. The competition incorporated seven disciplines, due to Shaun’s effective time management he finished comfortably ahead of the other competitors. He was cool, calm and demonstrated a confident approach throughout, and consequently won the competition.”
Next year’s SkillFRIDGE competition will open for entries in November 2011. For more information contact SummitSkills on 01908 303972 or visit www.skillfridge.org.uk