BEST apprentice represents UK

BEST (Building Engineering Services Training) managed apprentice, Matthew Lander has sailed through the final selection stage for the 2007 WorldSkills competition and will represent the UK in the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration category in Japan.
Matthew said: “I am so pleased that I’m through to the final competition. The contest in Birmingham was intense and the three tasks were really difficult but I had practiced hard before the event and was confident that my knowledge and experience would get me through. Everyone at BEST, and my employer Crowther & Shaw, were extremely helpful during my preparation. I am looking forward to spending some time in the Far East and representing the UK”

Matthew, 18, who lives in Huddersfield and is employed by Crowther & Shaw in Honley, has enjoyed considerable success in his career to date. He came first at SkillFRIDGE to become the UK’s National Young Refrigeration Engineer, successfully completed his NVQ2 apprenticeship in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and is now studying for his NVQ3 at Grimsby Institute.

Mark Brenner, Chief Executive of BEST, commented: “The WorldSkills competition is an ideal platform to display the practical skills and talent of our young apprentices and raise the profile of building services engineering as a sector. We are very pleased with Mathew’s success so far and confident that this success will continue into the 2007 WorldSkills competition.”

Crowther & Shaw is dedicated to training and currently has six young people following NVQ2 and NVQ3 programmes. Matthew continues the company’s tradition of apprenticeship success with the help of BEST.

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