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UK SkillFRIDGE finalists announced

The regional winners of SkillFRIDGE, the national rac practical skills competition, been chosen.

To qualify all contestants completed a theory examination and installations based on real-life work situations, including brazing and electrical wiring, to a high specification and within tight timescales.

The winners from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will now compete in the SkillFRIDGE UK final at South Birmingham College from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 July.

SkillFRIDGE is part of SkillM&E – four skills competitions organised by SummitSkills that seek the finest mechanical and electrical engineers in the building services engineering sector. SkillM&E also incorporates SkillELECTRIC for the electrical industry, SkillPLUMB for the plumbing industry and, new for 2009, SkillPIPE for the heating and ventilating industry.

The competition is organised by SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, which encourages employers from the rac industries to visit the event to watch the action live and find out how getting involved can benefit their businesses.

The six 2009 SkillFRIDGE finalists are:

  • Jack Bottemley (19) Employed by GB Air Control in Mirfield and trained by Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.
  • Anthony Hamer (19) Employed by George Barker in Bradford and trained by The Manchester College.
  • Simon Dawes (23) Employed by Total Environmental Network Ltd in Somerset and trained by City of Bath College.
  • Stephen Morley (47) Employed by Cotswold Vale Refrigeration Ltd in Gloucestershire and trained by City of Bath College.
  • Craig Emonds (20) Employed by Trane UK in Cumberland and trained by BEST in Penicuik.
  • Stuart Millar (18) Employed by Shilliday Refrigeration in County Armagh and trained by South Eastern Regional College in County Antrim.

To get to this stage, all contestants completed a theory examination and installations based on real-life work situations, including brazing and electrical wiring, to a high specification and within tight timescales.

Neil Collishaw, head of skills competitions and awards at SummitSkills, said: “Each year, the SkillFRIDGE competition gets tougher with the outstanding skills and commitment of the competitors. To succeed in the UK final, the finalists must push themselves even further to prove they are the best of the best. We invite everyone to visit the competition to view our country’s top talent - they are the workforce that will be taking our sector forward in future years.”