Top Air Conditioning Students Get Ready for SkillFRIDGE thanks to Toshiba

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Published: 25 October 2016


Toshiba training and test rig for SkillFRIDGE
Toshiba training and test rig for SkillFRIDGE
​The national SkillFRIDGE finals take place in November and the students are getting a helping hand thanks to training courses from Toshiba.
​The top students will get practical and theoretical training on residential and light commercial air conditioning systems, which covers installation, servicing and maintenance.

On completion, the students will get an industry-recognised Toshiba qualification, plus a training card with a 'unique registration number'. They can use the number on the commissioning sheets which shows proof of their competence. 
​Toshiba organised three training sessions for six students across the UK, taking place in Glasgow Kelvin College (13 Oct), Bath College (21 Oct) and Belfast at BL Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (31 Oct). The training will help the sutdents ahead of the SkillFRIDGE finals which happen at the NEC between 17th and 19th November. 
Toshiba is providing the test rigs used in the finals, which use the company's fully functioning digital inverter or super digital inverter air conditioning split systems.

​Toshiba’s technical manager, Neil Wooldridge, is co-ordinating the training programme. He said:
​“The training is designed to prepare students to work on the rigs that will be used in the competition. It covers everything they need to know in order to install, commission and service the equipment, including safe operation in terms of the environment and H&S.”
​Toshiba is aiming to tackle the shortage of skills in the ACR industry head-on with this initiative, and to promote heating and cooling as a good career choice for people to make. 

Toshiba and CIAT Ozonair UK's general manager, David Dunn said:
David Dunn
David Dunn
​“SkillFRIDGE is a fantastic initiative that incentivises and rewards trainees – the industry’s standard bearers and potential leaders of tomorrow – in pursuit of excellence. We are delighted to be involved and will be giving the events our wholehearted support.”