Sidney Copus of Space Engineering Services won the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Gold Medal at the SkillFridge final at WorldSkills UK Live in Birmingham.
After two days of competition at the NEC, the Bath College student held off the challenge of Ben Wilson of Knight Engineers (Practical Refrigeration Training Centre), who claimed Silver and Joshua Collins of JD Cooling (Glasgow Kelvin College/BESA), who took Bronze.
Sidney said: “I’m feeling very happy about my win and extremely relieved. After coming top in the regionals, I felt quite a bit of pressure to get a win in the finals and the step up in difficulty was a bit of a surprise. The win’s given me a little confidence boost, but the biggest thing about it for me is all the support and messages I’ve got from my lecturers, colleagues and friends. Everyone has been really supportive the whole way through and I’m glad to be able to win it for Space and Bath College!”
David Dunn, managing director for sales of headline sponsor Toshiba Carrier UK, said: “SkillFRIDGE is a superb initiative. It challenges and rewards young trainees to improve their skills and knowledge, and pursue excellence. We are delighted to once again be supporting the competition as headline sponsor, and look forward to the SkillFRIDGE 2020 events planned for next year.
“On behalf of TCUK, congratulations to all those who took part in this year’s competition. As the industry’s national event, it takes a high level of skill, determination and composure to make it through to the finals, and this year was no exception. My warmest congratulations to Sidney on becoming the UK’s SkillFRIDGE champion 2019. We wish you all success for your future career.”