The Grimsby Institute hosted the UK Heats of the world skills on Wednesday 21st June 2017. WorldSkills UK competitions bring together apprentices and young people from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill. The purpose is to showcase and raise the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.
Six of the Grimsby Institute’s refrigeration Apprentices who are employed by J&E Hall International, Thompson Cooling, Shropshire Cooling and Daikin Global took part in the competition which included both a maintenance task on an air conditioning unit as well as a pipe work task. A panel of judges sat and scored the contestants.
The pressure was on as each competitor only had 2 hours to complete each task;
Tom Woolston, 20, who works for J&E Hall International and comes to the Grimsby Institute about 12 weeks a year on a block release scheme said; “Today I had to maintain a refrigeration system, charge it with gas and make it run and then test it. There is a pipe work test as well where you make the pipework run and test it to what the drawing says.
“They were looking for quality rather than the length of time it takes. It was exciting and challenging and a bit of a change from the daily routine. The staff at the Grimsby Institute have been brilliant today and easy to work with. When I finish my apprenticeship, I will get a Level 3 NVQ in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning which gives you a chance to be a Supervisor and this is what I am aiming for.”
The winner of the competition who showed the most accuracy and efficiency was Orlando Rawlings, 19, from Daikin Global. Orlando was ranked second nationally, only a mark and a half less than the national winner. Managers from Daikin Europe and UK managers were quick to congratulate Orlando by email as well as a personal phone call from one of the Directors in Japan all applauding his efforts.