National Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Skills Competition finalist working

Line-up for the National Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Skills Competition final announced

National Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Skills finalist reads instruction sheet

The line-up for the national final of this year’s National RACHP Skills Competition has been announced. The competitors are:

  • Scott Fosbury, Polar Air Conditioning, Glasgow Kelvin College
  • Lucas Hays, Hays Energy, City of Bath College
  • Adam Donges, Cosham Refrigeration, City of Portsmouth College
  • Joseph Morris, RMS Refrigeration, City of Bath College

The final will be held at InstallerSHOW on June 27-29. The competitors will meet at the NEC on June 26 (World Refrigeration Day) to prepare for three days of competition, with the results announced on the final afternoon of the show.

The four highest scorers from the 24 initial entrants to the nationwide qualifying rounds will be given a series of tasks to test their knowledge, skills and behaviours in time-pressured conditions – with the tasks covering work organisation, communication, design, installation, service, repair, and fault finding:

  • Task A: build and commission a miniature cold store (9 hours)
  • Task B: service and repair an air source heat pump (3 hours)
  • Task C: fabricate a heat exchanger (3 hours)

The competition is delivered by Coriolis International. Fujitsu AC will feature its air to air heat pump product in the competition – with major product sponsors including Climalife, Fieldpiece, Lawton Tubes, Diversitech, Javac, and Danfoss all contributing. In addition, independent judges will be in attendance, including ACRIB/IOR and WorldSkills UK Training Manager Mark Forsyth.

2022 gold medallist Luke Haile will also be attending InstallerSHOW. Luke is currently undertaking his training cycle in the build-up to participation as a member of Team UK at WorldSkills International 2024 in Lyon.

As well as the competition itself, there will be the opportunity for InstallerSHOW visitors to try their hand in the have-a-go experience, with hosts including Conex Bänninger.

Mark Forsyth, Managing Director at Coriolis International and WorldSkills UK Training Manager, comments: “The competition is such a valuable experience, and previous competitors have expressed how much they have learned during the national competition cycle, particularly how it has developed their knowledge of products, time management, planning, and sustainable work practice. Good luck to all competitors for this year’s special national competition, and a big thank you to all the sponsors, colleges and employers who have supported their involvement.”

Mike Costain, Managing Director at Lyrical Communications, says: “We’re thrilled to bring the National RACHP Skills Competition final to InstallerSHOW and give the competitors the chance to demonstrate their abilities to our 15,000 visitors. We wish all the finalists the very best of luck and look forward to a compelling three days of competition.”

The final will take place on stand H180, with WorldSkills UK squad training on stand H177.

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