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Grimsby Institute helps Orlando bloom

Congratulations to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprentice Orlando Rawlings, who has been chosen to represent Great Britain at this year’s WorldSkills competition.

Orlando, who works for Daikin UK while studying for his Level 3 qualification at the Grimsby Institute, will now travel to Kazan, Russia, in August to take part in the prestigious event.

“It’s all been a bit overwhelming,” he said. “It was a big surprise to find out I was successful because it was quite a hard week and I wasn’t too confident.

“It turns out I must have done better than I thought though. I’m feeling quite proud but mostly overwhelmed.”

Speaking about the competition, he continued: “It’s been a big extra commitment, with all of the additional training, but I’m really pleased I’ve made it this far.

“The college put me forward for it, after doing the regional round here this time last year, and both my tutors and employers have supported me all the way.”

Orlando, who had to complete a number of tasks such as wiring and commissioning in a control system, added: “My employer sent me here because they believe it’s the best college in the country to do this course.”

Nick Marshall, Curriculum Manager for Manufacturing Technologies, said: “Orlando’s achievement in making the UK squad with a view to making it to Kazan is significant. The refrigeration team are excited and very proud of what Orlando has achieved.

“Orlando’s dedication and enthusiasm are undeniable and is a fantastic role model to other apprentices in the sector.

“His endeavour and drive will stand him in good stead along with his high skill levels as he prepares for the plane to Kazan.”

Grimsby Institute Chief Executive Gill Alton OBE also commented: “This is fantastic news for both Orlando and the tutors. It goes to show what world class training is delivered in Grimsby, with this the second time we’ve had a representative at this prestigious world event.

“It goes without saying we wish Orlando every success in August.”