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SkillFRIDGE 2011 crowns a winner

23 Sep 2011

Twenty four-year old Shaun Bann from Godfrey & Lappage Services Ltd has been crowned the 2011 SkillFRIDGE UK national champion after three days of intense practical competition at Leeds College of Building. The finalists were faced with a complex installation and commissioning of a refrigeration system into a simulated cold room. Shaun, a student at the College of North West London, beat three other competitors to take the gold medal after judges scored him most highly against strict criteria including correct refrigerant handling and accuracy of pipework installation, electrical circuitry and operating temperatures.

A silver medal was awarded to John Forteith of Forteith’s Food Service, North Glasgow College and BEST. Steven Burge of Cosham Refrigeration and Eastleigh College took the bronze medal.

 All the finalists received a framed certificate, a medallion of participation, air conditioning gauges and a training voucher from the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies. Shaun won a training voucher donated by Star Refrigeration and also received £300 cash, a trophy from SummitSkills, tools and a tool bag from Monument and a gold medal from WorldSkills UK. Shaun will receive the coveted SummitSkills Award for Excellence for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Operative of the Year category, which will be presented at WorldSkills London at ExCeL London on 7 October 2011.
Speaking after his win, Shaun said: “I hadn’t been used to working under so much pressure and I was worried about how well I had done, so I was amazed to hear my name read out as the winner. I’d like to thank all at Godfrey & Lappage Services for their support – and I hope this can inspire more young people as I didn’t succeed in school but have worked hard to be practically skilled.”
Neil Collishaw of SummitSkills, organiser of the competition, said: “Just watching these talented people compete has been fantastic. Aside from their obvious technical skills I’ve been particularly impressed by the conduct and professionalism of the competitors – they are a credit to their families and an asset to their employers.”
Mark Forsyth, Director, CORIOLIS International Ltd and judge for SkillFRIDGE UK Finals 2011 said: “The competitors were strongly matched and our congratulations goes out to all those that competed. It was a close margin between Gold, Silver and Bronze with only 3.5 points separating them. The competition incorporated seven disciplines, due to Shaun’s effective time management he finished comfortably ahead of the other competitors. He was cool, calm and demonstrated a confident approach throughout, and consequently won the SkillFRIDGE 2011 competition.” 
Next year’s SkillFRIDGE competition will open for entries in November 2011. For more information contact SummitSkills on 01908 303972 or visit

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