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Jack Wootton – RAC National Student of the Year 2016


Huge congratulations to Jack Wootton JD Industrial Cooling System’s engineering apprentice for winning the RAC National Student of the Year Award at the prestigious RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2016.

Held at the London Hilton on 28 September 2016, Jack’s success was celebrated in front of key players from the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

​Jack, aged 22, who lives in Norwich, joined JD Cooling Industrial Limited in 2015 and was in the middle of his four-year Engineering Apprenticeship at Grimsby Institute of Higher and Further Education. At the time he was having to pay for his own course and was delighted that the JD Group offered him a job and to pay for the remainder of his course fees and expenses, finally completing the course earlier this year.

​Recognising Jack’s progression and outstanding ability, Grimsby Institute nominated Jack for the award where he went up against some of the UK’s best up and coming engineers.

​John Dye, Managing Director JD Cooling Group said: “Jack’s win is the Group’s second and together with four runners-up in the last six years, we have a lot of experience with our apprentices being successful in this prestigious National Industry Award. What makes Jack stand out is that when he first came to us he was actually paying for his own further education at Grimsby Institute, including the fees and considerable expenses involved with travelling and staying away from home.

​I am delighted that his extraordinary commitment has been recognised by the judges although even without this, Jack’s talent is obvious and he has the potential to go as far as his ambition takes him within this exciting industry of ours.”

Well done Jack!!!

From left to right - John Bonner City FM - City Facilities Management National Refrigeration Manager (sponsor), Jack Wootton, JDI Cooling Systems (Award Winner), Mike Branagan CBES - Refrigeration Director (sponsor), Steve Gill, President IOR, Andrew Gaved, Editor-in-Chief of RAC and H&V News