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ROUND UP


The heat is on as young RACHP engineers prepare to compete – at home and abroad


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It’s’s a busy time for some of the brightest young engineers fromthe RACHP industry. SkillFRIDGE cycle iswell underway as qualify


The latest on SkillFRIDGE 2019


Registration has closed, the preliminary selection process is complete, and the regional heats are getting underway. Consisting of skill-specific


knowledge, practical skill and time management challenges, these heats put theoretical


make it to theWorldSkills UK Final this November. work of the competitors to determine who will to the test, with expert judges overseeing the


Cardiff and Vale College, this will be followed by With the first heat taking place on 8May at


heats on 29May at Glasgow Kelvin College, 11


College, 26 June –World Refrigeration Day – at June at Bath College, 13 June at Eastleigh


the Practical Refrigeration Training Centre in Burnley, and 16 July at Grimsby Institute.


Meanwhile, as SkillFRIDGE’s profile continues to grow, Castolin Eutectic – a global leader in


service workshop solutions – has come on board welding, brazing, thermal spray coating, and


as its latest sponsor. It’s a fitting partnership, as SkillFRIDGE aims to drive the improvement of


campaign. Offering our quality equipment for use “We are excited about sponsoring the SkillFRIDGE Castonlin-Eutecnic’s Sébastien Pandini said: joining standards across the RACHP sector.


by the nation’s brightest talent, we aim to help students and trainees succeed in their learning.”


FLYING THE FLAG: AN INTERVIEWWITH AWLINGS


ORLANDO RAW This August, SkillFRIDGE 2017 Bronze medallist


industry when he travels to Russia to compete at Rawlings, will fly the flag for the UK RACHP and service engineer at Daikin UK, Orlando


WorldSkills Kazan 2019. Education Today spoke


Orlando, congratulations! Howdoes it feel with him to find out more.


to be selected forWorldSkills Kazan 2019? I was in total shock whenWorldSkills UK told me I was joining Team UK. Not many people can say


determined to do everyone proud in Russia – my they have represented their country, and I am


Howdo you prepare to take part in the family, my friends and Daikin UK.


training withWorldSkills UK since 2017 and I’ve prepare for the Olympic Games. I have been It really is quite similar to how our athletes ‘Skills Olympics’?


my training manager and the head SkillFRIDGE spent lots of time working withMark Forsyth –


should be eating, how we should be sleeping and must be ‘competition fit’. This includes what we training we are put through teaches us how we However, what did surprise me was that the judge – focusing on my skills development.


front of the 100,000 visitors who will be in Kazan techniques to help us cope with competing in


That sounds full on. Can you give usmore details?


Working withMark, I complete blocks of training – usually for a week at a time. This all needs to be fitted around my job at Daikin UK. They have been really supportive, especially my manager Dan Blanchard. Although the training is designed to help me perform well in Russia, it has also helped me become a better engineer at Daikin UK and I hope more apprentices in the company can get involved in skills competitions.


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As part of my training I recently worked on an oject, designing and building a


refrigeration system with a flooded evaporator and using a secondary refrigerant to chill the ice down to -10°C. I also had to install the electrical circuit for each component and commission it.My training will continue right up until I board the plane to Russia in August.


What can you expect fromthe competition in Russia?


I won’t know the exact details until I arrive at the competition site in Kazan. I know I have a sound understanding of the technical skills required, but the difficulty will be completing the test project to exact requirements under the strict, timed conditions. There’s no room for a mistake.


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watching us. It’s the same training that Team GB goes through to prepare for the Olympics.


Howdid you get involved in SkillFRIDGE? My lecturer at Grimsby Institute told us about SkillFRIDGE. I thought, “What I have got to lose?”


UK LIVE, and won B I reached the finals,


ronze in 2017. Following that which are held atWorldSkills


I was invited to join theWorldSkills UK Training and Development programme forWorldSkills Kazan 2019. I have to pinch myself to realise how far I have come!


What attracted you to a career in RACHP? When I was younger I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.My uncle arranged for me to have some work experience at Rolls-Royce, where he


worked, and from that day I knew I wanted to be an engineer.


I was lucky that my school, Patchway


Community School in Bristol, had a proactive approach to careers advice.We had talks from the National Apprenticeship Service and being able to earn while you learn seemed like a great opportunity; I started looking for an engineering apprenticeship and secured one with Daikin UK. I love being able to fix things and want to progress as far as I can in the engineering industry.


Formore info sponsorship opportunities, co


formation on SkillFRIDGE contact


Karena Cooper on 01622 699150 or at kcooper@datateam.co.uk


May 2019 y. This year’s’s fying apprentices get set to face the regional heats across


the UK –while 2017 competitorOrlando Rawlings has his sights set further afield as he prepares to represent his country in Russia atWorldSkills Kazan 2019.


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