I am delighted to officially wish Team Ireland well at the World Skills Competition in Brazil in the coming weeks.
The World Skills Competition, which is held every two years, is the world’s largest professional education event. Approximately 1,200 competitors from 70 countries and regions will compete in almost 50 different skills and disciplines in Brazil. All competitors will demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace. Over 800 volunteers are assisting the expected 200,000 visitors and school groups
As Minister for Skills, I understand the really important contribution that apprentices and tradespeople are making to Ireland’s economic recovery. It’s time to give this contribution much broader recognition.
The World Skills Competition allows us to opportunity to celebrate and really value Further Education and Training. I wish all of these young people the very best as they represent their country next month.
14 young apprentices and trainees will represent Ireland at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil from 11 – 15 August 2015. The Irish team has been selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition Finals which were held in Cork Institute of Technology in December 2014.
These apprentices and trainees have worked extremely hard to get where they are today. They are among the best in Ireland in their chosen field. They should be very proud of themselves.
The Irish young people, all under 25 years, have proven expertise in their chosen field having competed against their peers to secure their places at the Competition.
They will showcase their skills and talents in the areas of Aircraft Maintenance, Automobile Technology, Beauty Therapy, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Construction Metal Work, Electrical Installations, Industrial Control, Joinery, Plastering and Dry Wall Systems, Plastic Die Engineering, Plumbing and Heating, Restaurant Service and Welding. Competitors , who come from Limerick, Meath, Wexford, Dublin, Cork, Cavan, Galway, Monaghan, Cork, Leitrim, Mayo and Latvia, have been in fulltime training for the past 8 weeks under the direction of their coaches.
The Team has been trained in the Institutes of Technology (CIT, DIT, DKIT, WIT) and Education and Training Boards (Kerry ETB, Clare Limerick ETB, Waterford Wexford ETB and Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute).