DIT Students depart for World Skills Competition

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28 June 2013: Students from DIT’s College of Engineering & Built Environment are departing this week for the 42nd World Skills Competition in Germany.

Christopher Kilpatrick, Adrian O’Neill and Brian Conville, along with 11 other competitors, will be representing Ireland in Leipzig from 2-7 July.

The Irish team, which comprises of competitors, experts, a team leader and technical delegates, will be hoping to improve on the 6th place ranking achieved at the 2011 competition in London.

All the competitors have spent the last 11 weeks in special training with their respective experts who all volunteer their time and experience to help these young competitors achieve their best on the world stage.

Christopher Kilpatrick, a native of Convoy in Donegal, is currently a whole time Electrical Engineering student in DIT Kevin Street. He is due to take part in the Industrial Control Competition and has been assisted in his training by Colm Agnew, a lecturer from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Adrian O’Neill from Killeagh, Co Cork, will compete in the welding competition and works for Master Engineering in Little Island. His training took place in DIT Bolton Street with Maurice Collins, a lecturer in the School of Construction.

Brian Conville, from Raheny in Dublin, will compete in the bricklaying competition. He completed his special training in Cork with James Cronin from Fás.

The World Skills Competition will see more than 1,000 competitors from 55 nations competing for a range of world titles. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the event, which was set up with the aim of challenging young skilled people to achieve world-class standards and competencies in commerce, services and industry.

Christopher, Adrian and Brian head off to Leipzig with the best wishes of everyone at DIT.

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