This month sees the launch of the 2009 SummitSkills SkillFRIDGE competition, the national refrigeration and air conditioning skills competition showcasing individual excellence.

One of four SummitSkills competitions designed to find the ‘best of the best’ mechanical and electrical engineers, SkillFRIDGE has been designed to promote standards and skills in the ACR industry, and to help raise young people’s awareness of the many career opportunities within the refrigeration and air conditioning field.
As the industry body providing a central forum for all sectors and interests that fall within or are served by the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, ACRIB actively supports SkillFRIDGE. It is important that this competition receives full industry backing, as has happened in previous years, to highlight career opportunities for refrigeration engineers and to continue to attract young engineers of the highest calibre to our sector.
Entries for this year’s competition close on 31 March. All information relating to SkillFRIDGE can be found at
The first step is for employers and colleges to identify a shortlist of potential candidates using the SummitSkills talent spotting checklist and then complete the entry form with their competitor details. Competitors must have achieved S/NVQ level 2. Other qualities to look out for in potential candidates include being able to work well under pressure, high levels of self motivation and the ability to use theory to its full potential in the field.
Selected competitors will then take part in a UK wide semi-final in late Spring. This will consist of a series of practical tests based on real-life work, enabling them to demonstrate their abilities and highlight their outstanding skills.
The SkillFRIDGE final will take place during the Summer, with the winner and young refrigeration and air conditioning engineer champion likely to have the opportunity to compete alongside sector champions from the electricity, plumbing and pipework fields in the WorldSkills 2011 competition, to be held in London.
ACRIB will be seeking the support of the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in providing tools and equipment for the competition. At last year’s event, competitors were required to undertake the installation of components of a small cold store and an air conditioning system, with all equipment being provided by the sector.
And remember, employers can also gain from SkillFRIDGE. ACRIB has received comment that previous competitions have stimulated ambition and aspiration amongst apprentices and younger employees, and helped in attracting good quality job candidates.
Now is the time for you to put your best foot (and candidate) forward!