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NG Bailey engineer celebrates WorldSkills success

NG Bailey employee, Shane Trevitt, is celebrating this week after beating off competition from around the globe and being awarded a gold medal at the world’s largest ever skills competition, WorldSkills.

Shane gained the highest score in his specialist category of plumbing and heating and also picked up a medal for obtaining the highest score across all trades in the UK team.

The competition saw over 8,000 people pack out the O2 arena in London for the award presentations. Young people from 51 countries competed to be the best of the best in their chosen skill, which attracted over 200,000 visitors.

Programme manager at NG Bailey, Lee Firth, has worked with Shane for a number of years and attended the presentation with him. He said: “This is an excellent achievement for Shane and I am very proud of him. He more than deserves this recognition for the hard work and dedication that he brings, not only to this competition, but to his work at NG Bailey.

“NG Bailey is lucky to have an engineer of his calibre on staff and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Shane said: “This is totally unexpected, I was looking forward to taking part but I never thought I would do so well.

“I’d like to thank everyone that has helped me on my way to winning the competition. It’s a great feeling and to be recognised as the best in something I love doing makes it even more special.”

Shane was also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and the Institute, of which he is a member, who applauded his efforts in landing the prestigious prize against global opposition.

Lesley Challis, the Membership Secretary of the CIPHE, said she was delighted that Shane’s hard work had been recognised by the judging panel.

She said: “It is vital for the industry that we continue to get an influx of talented young people like Shane. The standards expected in the sector today are higher than they ever have been making top quality training even more important.

Shane is currently studying at the Leeds College of Building towards a National Certificate in building services and his ambition is to become a lecturer in plumbing.

The air-conditioning equipment used for the Worldskills event was supplied by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the air-conditioning and refrigeration section, including 2.5kW SRK indoor units and SRC outdoor units.

The SRK heat pump indoor unit utilises MHI’s variable speed inverter control to achieve among the highest levels of COP (coefficient of performance) in the industry (5.20 cooling and 5.26 heating). Additionally, the SRK series incorporates MHI’s advanced functionality to enhance air flow and optimise economy in use. To create a healthier environment, the SRK air conditioner is fitted with anti-allergen and deodorising filters.