ACR_Show_021 The winner of the SkillFRIDGE final held at the ACR Show is Ashley Wilson who is an RAC level 3 student at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Northern Ireland and an apprentice for A1 refrigeration Ltd.

Ashley won over tough competition from Chris Hoy (South Eastern Regional College NI), Kaine Finlay (Eastleigh College), Scott Thomson (Glasgow Kelvin College), Adam Hussain (College North West London) and James Hughes (The Manchester College).

Ashley said “I am very proud to have won skillFRIDGE, and honoured to have been given the opportunity to experience a great event like this, it really helps you think more about the workplace”.

It was a first for the annual SkillFRIDGE competition final to be featured as a showcase event at The ACR Show in February 2016. Visitors and exhibitors were impressed to see the young talent on show, yet also surprised to hear the competition has been running for over 30 years.

The competition final required the six competitors demonstrate recognised industry skills and deliver on three main objectives. As such competitors had to demonstrate a core ability to follow instructions and solve problems in order to produce a ‘cold space’ at specified temperature and at the same time ensure an ACR_Show_018energy efficient refrigeration system.

The national skillFRIDGE competition allows apprentices studying level 3 RAC to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and emotional intelligence in a pressurised environment, success at the national final can lead to an invitation into the Worldskills UK international competition cycle.

The SkillFRIDGE competition cycle starts with registrations in March each year, followed by regional heats, and a final held in November as part of The Skill Show delivered by Find a Future – the organisation that brings together WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, The Skills Show and The Skills Show Experience, providing every young person with the chance to unlock their potential.

Thank you to all sponsors of equipment, materials and awards especially volunteer judges Joseph Conroy and Chris Bailie (2013 skillFRIDGE finalists). Additional thanks to Datateam Business Media for hosting the competition stands and media coverage, Robert White and Shaun Creech for their hard work and commitment to delivering the event. For more information on registering for the next cycle go to