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Air Conditioning student named finalist for ACR Trainee of the Year Award

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprentice, Daniel Lapworth, has been named a finalist for the annual ACR Trainee of the Year Award!

Daniel, who is 28 and from Wokingham, is currently completing his Level 3 qualification at Eastleigh College while working as an Air Conditioning Engineer Apprentice at Ensys Ltd. He is one of only six finalists chosen from applicants all over the country.

Commenting on his success, Dan said, “I’ve already updated my CV to say I’m a finalist – I didn’t realise how well I’d done, I’ll be so chuffed if I win.” After leaving school, Dan tried several trades including plumbing and electrical, before choosing to pursue a career in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. His advice to young people is to “broaden your horizons beyond the traditional trades, and take every opportunity you have to get qualified”.

Dan was nominated for the award by his lecturer at Eastleigh College, Shaun Creech. Shaun chose Dan because of his clear desire to learn, and because he always pushed himself to achieve his best. Shaun said, “Dan stood out to me from day one. He always did everything to his best ability and tried to complete his assignments well within the time frames. He has worked really hard, and I do hope he wins the award.”

Dan’s praises are echoed by his employer – Cherie Baron at Ensys said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Dan nominated for ACR Trainee of the Year. It’s always good for the trainees to have their hard work recognised and hopefully inspire others. Our Team at Ensys are completely behind him and will be rooting for him on the day.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield on Thursday 8th December. The Awards aim to celebrate exceptional design, installation and maintenance engineers, and encourage trainees to excel in the trade.

Eastleigh College congratulates Dan on his achievements so far, and wishes him the best of luck on the 8th. To find out more about the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses offered at the College, please visit or call 023 8091 1299.