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SkillFRIDGE 2012 winner announced

Twenty-one-year-old Adam Lyness from Valeside Aircon Ltd has been crowned the 2012 SkillFRIDGE champion

The announcement came after three days of intense practical competition at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Competitors battled it out alongside some 60 other skills competitions which showcased the best up and coming talent across a range of occupations.

Finalists in the SkillFRIDGE competition faced a complex installation and commissioning of a refrigeration system into a simulated cold room. The judges scored Adam highest against strict criteria including correct refrigerant handling and accuracy of pipework installation, electrical circuitry and operating temperatures.

A silver medal was awarded to Liam Dean of K B Refrigeration, North Glasgow College / BEST, and Scott Berry of J D Cooling Systems Ltd – a Grimsby Institute student - took the bronze medal.

Speaking after his win, Adam said: ““This was close competition and none of us knew who would win, so when they said my name it was a surprise.”

“The task we were set was certainly difficult but my training with South Eastern Regional College in Northern Ireland, SkillBUILD NI and my employer kicked in and I enjoyed the challenge. I’d recommend taking part next year to anyone who might be thinking about it.”

Neil Collishaw of SummitSkills, organiser of the competition, said: “Congratulations to Adam. The focus and determination shown by all of our competitors is an inspiration and this time we hope they have inspired some of the visitors to the Skills Show to think about a career in refrigeration and air conditioning industry.”

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