SkillFRIDGE ace reaches WorldSkills Kazan 2019

SkillFRIDGE ace reaches WorldSkills Kazan 2019

Orlando Rawlings, silver medal winner from the 2017 SkillFRIDGE cycle, has been selected to represent the United Kingdom at the WorldSkills international competition final in Russia later this year.

Orlando, who works for Daikin UK and studied at Grimsby Institute, will join the UK’s brightest apprentices and students to make up Team UK, representing the United Kingdom in the ‘Skills Olympics’ at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

More than 30 young professionals have made the cut, hailing from a broad range of sectors including engineering, hospitality, professional services, construction, digital and IT.

A shining example to the next generation

The 2019 WorldSkills international final will be taking place from 22-27 August, with over 60 countries sending their elite teams to the city of Kazan to do battle and go for bronze, silver and gold across no less than 56 different skills disciplines.

The event will be shown live on TV and streamed around the world, including the UK, changing the careers and lives of those who compete.

The WorldSkills international finals occur on a biennial basis. 2017’s Abu Dhabi-based contest saw Team UK finish in an impressive 10th place, with this year’s ambitious cohort of talented finalists no doubt hoping to achieve an even better result.

SkillFRIDGE 2019 is heating up

With registration for the 2019 SkillFRIDGE cycle now closed, the regional heats will soon be underway. Candidates who meet the necessary criteria will be invited to attend one of these heats, taking place between May and August at colleges and training providers throughout the UK.

Designed by top experts in the RACHP sector, the regional competitions will involve skills challenges which put to the test theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as time management capabilities.

Following the conclusion of the regional heats, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) will recognise the competitor with the highest score overall, presenting them with a special accolade at the 2019 BESA National Awards later in the year.

Meanwhile, the six highest scoring participants from the heats will be invited to the WorldSkills UK LIVE final in November 2019, where the medallists will be determined.

Those who score sufficiently highly in the final will be considered to represent the UK in the international WorldSkills competitions, undergoing a further selection process.

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