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Students celebrate success at prestigious Industry Awards

Three Eastleigh College Refrigeration and Air Conditioning students, were shortlisted as top ten finalists for the 2018 RAC Cooling Industry Awards. The finalists enjoyed a glamourous night at this prestigious event, recently held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

The hard work of the three apprentices, Jack Culhane from Gelidus, Samuel Capp from EPTA and Tom Woolston from Star Refrigeration, was acknowledged by an audience of over 500 industry professionals and awarded by a year’s free membership with the Institute Of Refrigeration (IOR); a prize awarded to all 10 finalists in the Student of the Year Category.

Tom Woolston from Star Refrigeration, who completed his Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at Eastleigh College, also received a cash prize as he was named the runner-up in the category.

The event, which is now in its 24th year, celebrates the sector’s best up-and-coming engineers. Working closely with the Institute Of Refrigeration (IOR), the Awards celebrate those who have not only excelled in the Sector but really optimised what the industry can offer in terms of challenging and inspiring careers. The evening also allowed attendees to witness a preview of training levels in the sector, a significant part of the IOR’s mission to improve standards.

Their lecturers described the three students as confident, enthusiastic and hard-working pupils who all worked well under pressure and thrived in their courses due to their dedication and passion for Refrigeration.

Shaun Creech, Lecturer and Assessor in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, commented:

“We are really proud of the fact that all three of our entrants were shortlisted for this year’s award. There was a very high standard of submission this year, and the fact our students made the 10 finalists is a great achievement for them, their employers and us as their training providers.”

Tom Woolston really enjoyed the event and was ecstatic to receive the Silver Winner Award. Tom commented.

“When I heard my name announced as the runner-up, I was over the moon! The Refrigeration industry is exciting and filled with opportunities; the more I learn the more I become engrossed with the sector. I am really pleased my hard work and dedication has been acknowledged and I am excited to progress in the industry.”

Star’s training manager Dave Bartlett was also thrilled for Tom.

“I am very pleased for Tom. It is a fantastic achievement to be finalist in the Student of the Year Category and even more impressive to achieve the runners-up award. I am sure Tom has a great future at Star Refrigeration ahead of him.”

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