Refrigeration apprentice, Joshua Collins, was recognised for his talents at the finals of the 2019 WorldSkills SkillFRIDGE competition last week.
Former Glasgow Kelvin College student, Josh from Fife, is employed by J D Cooling Systems and came to the College through BESA who have supported him in his success. He carried off the bronze medal at the finals which were held across two days in Birmingham and showcased the skills of hundreds of apprentices from a range of industries competing to be the best in their sectors.
To make the finals, Josh had to be one of the highest scoring apprentices from all the regional heats which took place in 2019.
His college tutors are thrilled to learn of his success. Lecturer Kevin Muldoon said:
“During Josh’s time at college he showed a mature attitude to all aspects of his studies, excelling in the workshop environment and showing great detail when involved in both class and workshop assessments. His manual dexterity in the workshop highlighted his transferable skill set from his “on-site” training to the workshop environment.
Josh was always on hand to assist classmates both in the classroom and workshop which didn’t go unnoticed by lecturing staff.
The department was absolutely delighted with his performance and Bronze medal at the Skill fridge competition in Birmingham and look forward to seeing how Josh’s career develops in the future. His achievement is a real testament to the talents and hard work of those who have supported him, both here at the College and at BESA.”
The team at BESA Scotland, who are a dynamic and valuable partner of Glasgow Kelvin College, are equally thrilled at Josh’s achievements. John Norfolk, BESA President, said:
“Josh has made our association and his company very proud. He is an excellent example of the kind of highly skilled individual the industry needs more than ever right now.”
He added that the ability to provide evidence of technical competence was increasingly important at a time when the industry was struggling to fill its skills gap and achieve higher standards of regulatory compliance.
“We face an acute skills crisis,” said Mr Norfolk. “However, our industry also offers a wide range of wonderful and highly rewarding career opportunities. Skills competitions are a great way to showcase emerging talent and demonstrate what our industry has to offer to young people.”
A delighted Josh is pictured here with boss, Ross Hynd, of JD Cooling Systems.