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UK refrigeration specialist awarded WorldSkills medal for excellence

Orlando Rawlings, an RAC engineer from Grimsby, was one of 19 UK participants to gain a medal for their skills during major global contest

The UK has secured a haul of medals at the WorldSkills Finals in Russia, where trained individuals compete to display high levels of skills in a range of disciplines such as cooling, plumbing and engineering.

Orlando Rawlings, a 21-year-old refrigeration and air conditioning engineer from Grimsby, was among those awarded a medallion of excellence for displaying world class standards in their chosen field at the contest.

Mr Rawlings, who has undertaken training as a specialist cooling engineer at the Grimsby Institute, is the second representative from the institution to be represented at a WorldSkills Finals.

The Russian City of Kazan played host to the latest tournament, which is held every two years to test the expertise of skilled trainees around the world. The event is billed by its organisers as the skills equivalent of the Olympic Games.

A total of 19 medals were awarded to UK representatives at this year’s finals. These included two golds, one silver and a bronze. 15 medals of excellence were given to UK representatives in a range of fields that included plumbing, bricklaying and electronics.

Participants at this year’s event were selected and additionally trained by the WorldSkills UK body that aims to ensure greater excellence in training.

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann, WorldSkills UK chief executive, said the medal haul from this year’s contest was a fantastic result for the team.

He said, “The members of Team UK, all under 25 years, championed the UK focus on skills development in front of a global audience, sending a strong message that the UK is a world-class place to invest, do business and create jobs.”

“Governments, education and industry need to continue to work with us to help make sure the UK stays at the cutting edge of global best practice in skills development.”

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