The Irish team participating in Worldskills 2003 will leave for St. Gallen in Switzerland next Sunday to compete against more than 700 apprentices from 36 countries in the 42 trades represented in the competition.

The 21-member team from Ireland will this year include 6 apprentices chosen from Dublin Institute of Technology. The team will be competing in a wide range of skills including bricklaying; polymechanics, automechanics, plasterwork, restaurant service, sheet metal work, confectionery, painting and decorating, and graphic design.

The objective of the Worldskills competition, which takes place every second year, is to disseminate information on world class standards of competence and to motivate young people to pursue further education and training relevant to their careers.

Ireland - and DIT- has had an excellent award-winning record at the competition in previous years and this year's team is very confident of their ability to continue that trend at the event in Switzerland.

DIT also has a strong staff involvement in the competition. Mr. Michael Murphy, Vice Principal, and Ms Alice Prendergast of DIT's Faculty of Engineering, will accompany the Irish team as members of the Management Group while William Lacey, James Vahey, Enda Fagan, Aidan Kenny, Anthony Conlon, Ray English, John Clancy, Tommy Tutty, Martin Sneyd and John Smartt will all be present in their capacity as examiners for various competition categories. All have been heavily involved in training the apprentices since Christmas to ensure they are prepared for what is a very tough competition.

DIT would like to wish the team every success in the competition and we hope they all enjoy the experience.

10 June 2003

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