09 March 2022
Fujitsu has become the headline sponsor of the 2022 RACHPskills UK competition, which is being organised by the publishers of ACR Journal and Heat Pumps Today.
Part of the WorldSkills UK (WSUK) portfolio of technical skills competitions, RACHPskills UK organises competitions for apprentices in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration industries, testing their knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Ian Carroll, chief operating officer of Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK, said: “Fujitsu is a forward-thinking company and we are delighted to be supporting an initiative which will help encourage the next generation of engineers. This is all about working to improve standards across the air conditioning and heat pump sectors, which has to be good news for everyone. I am proud that during my time with Fujitsu we have formed partnerships with a number of colleges throughout the UK with an aim to develop young talent to ensure that our industry is in safe hands for many years to come.’’
Juliet Loiselle, publisher of ACR Journal and Heat Pumps Today, said: “It’s a great pleasure to be the organising partner for WorldSkills UK. It’s so important for us to support skills development and training to secure the future generation of our industry. We are really looking forward to working closely with Fujitsu, WorldSkills UK staff and, of course, the competitors.”
WorldSkills UK is an independent charity and works with employers, education and governments. It is a member of WorldSkills, a global movement of over 80 countries. WorldSkills supports young people across the world via competition-based training, assessment and benchmarking, with members’ national teams ultimately testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in the biennial ‘skills olympics’.
The competition is open to any apprentice, with registration via the WorldSkillsUK website and further information is available at https://www.worldskillsuk.org/skills/national-competitions/
Registration is open until April 1 and entrants will be invited to attend one of the following National Qualifiers:
- April 26 - Eastleigh College
- April 27 - Bath college
- May 12 – Cardiff & Vale College
- May 17 - Grimsby Institute
- May 18 - Practical Refrigeration Training Centre , Burnley
- May 24 – Glasgow Kelvin College
Finalists will be announced on September 19, followed by training and development events during October and the National Finals in November. Following the National Finals – and a separate medal ceremony for the winners of each competition – eligible participants will be invited to join Squad UK, where they have a chance to represent the UK at WorldSkills Lyon in 2024.