Minister Peter Hall attends WSA Regional Refrigeration Competition in Melbourne

The Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall attended the 2013 WorldSkills Australia (WSA) Regional Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Competition, held in Melbourne on August 28th at RMIT’s City Campus.

Minister Hall welcomed the opportunity to witness the friendly competition, which showcased the talents of third year apprentices from RMIT and Box Hill TAFE, “I believe very strongly in supporting vocational training and leveraging the opportunities building these skills have for a variety of trade based careers,” Mr Hall said.

The all-day competition saw competitors take on four major tasks including creating a can cooler from supplied materials, correctly diagnosing electrical and refrigeration faults and programming refrigeration controllers for optimum efficiency.

Professor Margaret Gardner, Vice Chancellor of RMIT said RMIT continues to partner with WSA in order to provide an environment in which skills excellence is pursued: “At a local, national and global level, WorldSkills actively promotes skilled occupations as valuable and valued destinations for young people,” Ms Gardner said.

The results from Melbourne’s Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning competition will determine which of these six talented young apprentices will progress to the 2014 WSA National Competition where they will get the opportunity to test their skills against Australia’s best.