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Umesh bags top spot at SkillFRIDGE semi-final

Twenty-one-year-old Umesh Kara has been named the winner of the second SkillFRIDGE UK-wide semi-final, following a tough one-day event at Bridgwater College’s Energy Skills Centre on 26 June.

 Umesh, employed by Climate control (South East) Ltd and trained by the College of North West London, came out on top after going head-to-head on two practical assessments involving electrical wiring for controls and a brazing task.

After his win, Umesh said: “It’s quite overwhelming, I didn’t expect this at all. Everyone at work and college will be really happy, it makes it all worthwhile when you try your hardest and it all pays off.”

 Joseph Conroy, employed by Trane UK and trained by Eastleigh College/ECTA was awarded second place.

With the semi-finals now complete, competition organiser SummitSkills will soon announce which contestants will be invited to the UK final in November, to take place at The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC.

Neil Collishaw, head of competitions at SummitSkills, said: “The facilities within the Skills Centre were fantastic; they are a great blueprint for other colleges hosting future competitions. We were also delighted to welcome new colleges participating with their students for the first time in Skill M&E. Congratulations to all who took part.”

SkillFRIDGE is a feeder route for competitors to potentially go forward and represent their country in 2015 in Brazil at the biennial WorldSkills competition – the world’s largest skills competition.

To find out more about SkillFRIDGE visit www.skillfridge.org.uk

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