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SkillFRIDGE calls on industry support for 2014

SkillFRIDGE, the UK competition for refrigeration and air conditioning apprentices, is calling for contributions from the industry to back the next generation of engineer in the run-up to the next year’s competition.

Mark Forsyth, project manager and lead judge for the overall national SkillFRIDGE competition, said: “We are now starting to plan for the Worldskills International (WSI) competition cycle leading to the International finals in Brazil in 2015 and onward to Abu Dhabi in 2017.

“The first stage is to host the UK SkillFRIDGE competition heats that will eventually lead to the final at the NEC in November 2014.

We are looking for sponsorship of various kinds to make the SKillFRIDGE competition sustainable for the next two years i.e. the 2014 and 2015 competition cycles.

We would like industry organisations to consider an involvement in the national SkillFRIDGE competition for 2014 starting in January.

We are now hoping to raise a cash injection from our industry members in order to fund insurances, marketing and web site development, the repair of equipment, set up of test competitions, hire of training venues, hotel rooms and subsistence for all competitors and judges during the regional heats and final, plus awards for the heat and competition finalists.

The SkillFRIDGE national competition is the first step before the WSI process starts, and as the training manager for Worldskills UK, I will also be looking to identify age eligible competitors for the Abu Dhabi 2017 cycle from the 2014 SkillFRIDGE national competition.

As you can see, we are aiming to build a sustainable competition for the next 2 years, but without industry cash support, we feel it will inevitably fail which would be a disaster for much needed skills development in the RAC industry.

Would you please consider this request and offer any support you feel is worthy to make the SkillFRIDGE competition sustainable for the next two years.

Please make direct contact with me by email markf@coriolisinternational.co.uk

And please remember, providing the SkillFRIDGE competition has funding to continue; you should also put your RAC apprentices (under 21) forward into the national SkillFRIDGE competition each year.

SkillFRIDGE is the name given to the competition that showcases the very best apprentice in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning sector under the age of 23. More information can be found at the following web site.

http://worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk/competitions/national-competitions/built-environment/refrigeration

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