IrelandSkills National Competition kicks off in DIT

Come see our nations best apprentices in action

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10 December, 2012: The annual National Skills Competition, rebranded this year as the IrelandSkills National 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 40 apprentices from 17 counties across Ireland, including 2 UK guest competitors, 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 eight different skill areas.

  1. Aircraft Maintenance
  2. Brickwork
  3. Cabinet Making
  4. Cookery
  5. Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
  6. Plumbing
  7. Polymechanics
  8. 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 the IrelandSkills competition. 

Mr Martin Sneyd, Chair of DIT’s IrelandSkills National 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.“

The National Skills Competition now known as the IrelandSkills National 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 next year in Leipzig, Germany.

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 London in 2011, the Irish team of highly skilled young people performed extremely well competing against teams from 38 other countries and winning three gold medals, and five Excellence Medallions!  .  Dublin Institute of Technology is particularly delighted that a number of medal winners trained in 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 11th December – Thursday, 13th December) at DIT campuses at Bolton Street, Linenhall, Beresford Street, Cathal Brugha Street and DIT Aviation Technology Centre, Dublin Airport  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 2013.

Admission free – all welcome

Click here to view the National Skills Competition Timetable

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