Apprentices in Action

DIT to host the Department of Education and Science National Skills Competition 2005

The annual Department of Education and Science National Skills Competition will take place this year from Monday 13th December to Friday 17th December. DIT is proudly hosting the competition, which is a major highlight in the Institute's calendar.

The competition aims to encourage excellence in industrial and service skills, to provide the opportunity for participants to display their competence in a competitive arena and to increase awareness of the calibre of apprentices in Ireland today. The competition not only encourages young people to excel in their work, but also provides an opportunity for us to recognise their effort, and to reward those who achieve outstanding results in their own skill areas.

Students will participate in the areas of Brickwork, Construction Plant Fitting, Graphic Design, Welding, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Polymechanics, Refrigeration, Sheet Metalwork and Automobile Technology. The winners in each section qualify for the prestigious Silver Medal Award, presented by the Department of Education and Science, and sponsored by the Dublin Airport Authority plc. Several students are then chosen from these winners to represent Ireland at the international World Skills Competition.

"The National Skills Competition is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excellence in education and technical skill of Irish apprentices and it helps to motivate apprentices to strive for higher and higher levels of achievement," according to Eddie Donohoe, Chairman of the National Skills Organising Committee - the voluntary group that co-ordinates the competitions each year within DIT.

Competitions will be held throughout the week commencing Monday 13th December, at the School of Trades, Linenhall, Bolton Street, Zhivago Building and Beresford Street.

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