Eastleigh College apprentice makes WorldSkills competition final

Following a closely contested series of regional heats at colleges up and down the country, the organisers of SkillFRIDGE, the national refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps (RACHP) skills competition, have revealed the six apprentices, one of which from Eastleigh College, who have qualified to compete in the 2018 final at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 15-17 November and attracting over 73,000 young people annually, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest apprenticeships and careers event – of which SkillFRIDGE is just one part.

Eastleigh College boasts a highly successful history within the renowned RACHP competition; former student Jack Culhane came away with the gold medal last year. This success continues into 2018, with one of Eastleigh College’s current cohort, Dominic Dray, having earned a place in the contest, beating fellow competitors from across the UK to make the top six.

SkillFRIDGE Competition Operating Partner (COP) Manager Karena Cooper comments:

‘This year the regional competitions were a showcase of real talent, so qualifying for the final is a huge achievement for which our top six apprentices should be congratulated.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing to seeing their developing skills, knowledge and passion on display in November!’

The six competitors are now undergoing a series of intensive training days provided by industry experts in preparation for the final at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Funded by the Department for Education, WorldSkills UK operates as a partnership between businesses, education and government, working collectively to help accelerate young people’s careers and bolster the reputation of apprenticeships.

WorldSkills UK chief executive, Dr Neil Bentley, states:

‘WorldSkills UK is all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life.’