Danfoss has revealed it will be partnering with EmiratesSkills this year to introduce the first-ever HVAC-R category in the National Competition taking place on 23-25 April 2018.
The collaboration underlines Danfoss’ commitment to further educate the region about the importance of sustainable cooling technology in line with its strategy of ‘Engineering Tomorrow’.
The National Competition is an annual event that attracts Emirati students to compete in the field of craftsmanship and technology with in-demand technical and vocational skills.
This year six young Emirati engineering students from UAE University and Higher Colleges of Technology Fujairah will compete against one another, responding to a brief to create a water dispenser according to technical design and level of functionality.
Last year, Roudha Bin Bahr, a young Emirati student, played a key role in highlighting the need for an HVAC category to feature in the EmiratesSkills competition. She was the only woman to compete against 22 young men in the HVAC-R category at WorldSkills 2017 and was supported by Danfoss throughout.
Commenting on the introduction of the new HVAC-R category, Ziad Al Bawaliz, regional president at Danfoss Turkey, Middle East and Africa (TMA) said: “The HVAC-R sector is fast growing and even more so in this region where cooling technology is a necessity due to the extreme climate. Looking at the bright future of the sector, the millennial generation should be fully equipped with technical skills that support the continuous growth of industrial development in the UAE and the wider region. At Danfoss, we believe that these future leaders will be found right here on our very own university campuses.”
As part of the sponsorship, Danfoss will provide full training for the participants, including hands-on workshops at the Secondary Technical School (STS) in Al Ain, and through Danfoss’ e-lessons. They will also provide all the necessary equipment required throughout the duration of the competition.
“Adding a new category to this year’s National Competition is a significant milestone for us. By championing the teaching and development of today’s young students, we will continue to promote excellence in workmanship across various vocational industries, now including the HVAC-R sector. We are delighted to be working side-by-side with Danfoss on this and look forward to seeing the final projects that the students will create,” commented Ali Al Marzouqi, president at EmiratesSkills.
The winner will go on to be trained by Danfoss before competing in the WorldSkills 2019 competition in Russia where they will face tough competition from participants at the top of their class from all over the world.