Eastleigh College apprentice Jack, who is currently studying Level 2 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, recently won Gold at the National SkillFRIDGE competition.
The three-day competition saw seven of the UK’s top apprentices in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning compete for a place in the WorldSkills final. The competition, which was judged by industry experts, set challenges to test the apprentices' pipework, brazing, electrical and commissioning skills.
Jack trained hard for the competition and comments on his success, “It was a great opportunity and experience to be part of, it is something extra to add on my CV.” To give him the best chance at winning, Jack asked for additional support in the lead up to the event to equip him with the skills required for the competition which his course hadn’t yet taught him.
SkillFRIDGE is part of the wider WorldSkills competitions, where young professionals in further education and Apprenticeships can flaunt their talents and grow confidence in their abilities.
Shaun Creech, lecturer in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning highlights, “I’m so proud of Jack’s success. It’s a tough competition and a fantastic experience for him which I’m delighted to have supported him through, along with his other lecturer John North. Jack was a deserving winner and I’m sure he will go on to do even more great things!”
The College encourages students to participate in competitions such as WorldSkills as a way for the young professionals to demonstrate their passion and commitment to their trade.
To find out more about the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses, visit the courses page or call 023 8091 1299.
One of Eastleigh College's governors, Councillor Judith Grajewski, has been appointed Local Authority Director of Solent LEP. This Local Enterprise Partnership brings the business community together with the further education and higher education sector to ensure a prosperous and sustainable economic future in the region.
Eastleigh College has been awarded AoC Beacon Status in two areas, in recognition of its excellent support for students, and for the College’s work with employers, providing professional training and delivering skills to help grow the economy.