DIT hosts the 54th annual National Skills Competition


Fiona Cullen - Hospitality Studies - 2nd Year, from High Street, Waterford; Jamie Murphy - Car Painting - final year, from Longford; Shelley White - Culinary Entrepreneurship - 2nd Year, from Sandyford, Dublin and Ciaran Slattery - Cookery - 2nd Year, from Ovens Cork

5th April 2011

The 54th annual National Skills Competition officially started today when the best apprentices in the nation converged on the Dublin Institute of Technology to compete in the intense three day event.

Over 60 apprentices from 21 counties across Ireland have arrived in DIT to compete for the National title in their respective skill area.  A major highlight in the Institute's calendar, this year DIT is proudly hosting the final stage tests in twelve different skill areas.

  1. Aircraft Maintenance
  2. Autobody Repair
  3. Bricklaying
  4. Cabinet Making
  5. Car Painting
  6. Cookery
  7. Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
  8. Painting & Decorating
  9. Plumbing
  10. Polymechanics
  11. Restaurant Service
  12. Sheetmetal Work

Those who will be competing this week have already demonstrated their outstanding ability by coming through the preliminary stages of the competition, having won their local round of National Skills. 

Mr Donal Keys, Chair of DIT’s National Skills Competition Organising Committee said, “DIT is very proud to have these highly skilled young people here in DIT, competing to become the best in Ireland in their specific skill area and we wish them every success in this year’s Competition.“


16 Competitors in the NSC Finals covering 10 different skill areas are from Dublin

The National Skills Competition has been running since 1956 and 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 winner of each Skill Competition will receive the prestigious Silver Medal.  Some national winners may also be selected to represent Ireland at the WorldSkills Competition to be held October 2011 at ExCeL in London. 


9 Competitors in the NSC Finals covering 6 different skill areas are from Cork

Hailed as the pinnacle of global skills, trades, and technology competition, The World Skills Competition promotes excellence and international competency throughout the craft areas. At the last World Skills Competition, held in Canada in 2009 , the Irish team of highly skilled young people performed extremely well competing against teams from 38 other countries and winning 3 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze and 9 medallions.  Dublin Institute of Technology is particularly delighted that a number of medal winners trained in DIT.


Bricklaying Competitors in the NSC finals. Also pictured in the photo (far left back row) is Nicolai Munksgaard Asmussen, the Danish National Bricklaying Champion. Nicolai is here as part of his training regime for the 2011 WorldSkills Competition. Also pictured is DIT’s Director of the College of Arts & Tourism, Brid Grant, DIT President Brian Norton, DIT’s Dean of Craft Engineering Tom Corrigan, and Billy Lacey the current Chief WorldSkills Expert from DIT.

Indeed, DIT has been synonymous with the education and training of Ireland's apprentices since its inception more than a century ago, and the Institute remains at the forefront of skills training today. According to Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT "Our extensive skills training is testimony to the importance DIT places on this essential area of education and the quality can be measured by the excellent showing of our apprentices at both national and international level. Our success is continuously benchmarked internationally by the WorldSkills competition where the skill and ability of our apprentices and students show once again that the education and training of our young skilled workers is world class”.

Members of the public are invited to come and see the best apprentices in the nation compete for the National title.  Competitions will be held throughout the three days (Tuesday 05th – Thursday, 07th) at DIT campuses at Bolton Street, Linenhall, Zhivago Building, Beresford Street and Cathal Brugha Street.  You can watch live demonstrations in various skill areas and learn what it takes to become an award winning competitor in the National Skills Competition 2011.

Admission free – all welcome

Click here to view the National Skills 2011 invitation

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