Apprentice Dominic Dray recently won Gold in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, at the WorldSkills UK Live Event, held at the NEC, Birmingham.
Dominic’s title, as the National SkillFridge champion, means he has been crowned as the UK’s best Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprentice. He will now join the elite Team UK, having the potential to represent the country in the International Finals, Shanghai 2021.
His victory also means that an Eastleigh College student has now won Gold in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for a second year in a row, with Jack Culhane winning in 2017.
Dominic was thrilled, if not a little surprised to receive the Gold award and commented:
‘I was very surprised when my name was called as the winner! However, I am really pleased that the hard work and dedication I had put in for the competition paid off!’
Dominic trained hard with his tutor, John North, before the competition to ensure that he had learnt all the skills needed to give himself the best chance of winning. When reflecting on the competition and the event as a whole, Dominic remarked:
‘It was a great event to be a part of! It taught me how to work well under significant pressure and everyone there made the experience an enjoyable one – it was a lot of fun.’
Shaun Creech, a lecturer in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, who also assisted and supported Dominic throughout the competition, highlighted:
‘I’m not only really happy for Dominic, I’m also very proud of his success. Dominic’s approach was fantastic. He was very methodical and calm throughout the competition which ensured he completed each task to a high level. I have no doubts that Dominic has a great future ahead of him.’
As the “biggest and best skills event” (Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK) that the UK has seen to date, with over 85,000 people attending the show, the College is delighted to be the best provider in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning discipline.