DIT hosts National Skills CompetitionPosted: 23 June, 2016
DIT hosted National Skills Competitions in a range of skill disciplines last week, with students representing Institutes of Technology all over the country.
In addition to competing for the Minister of Education and Skills Silver Medal in their discipline, students were also hopeful of being selected to represent Ireland next year in the WorldSkills Competition which will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
DIT has been involved with the National Skills Competition since it began in 1958. Many students who have done their training in DIT have won Silver Medals over those years and have gone on to represent Ireland at WorldSkills, bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals each year. Seven students from DIT were among this year’s winners of national titles, which were announced at the final presentation in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Friday 17th June. The awards were presented by Professor Gerry Farrell, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment. The winners are:
James Maguire, Dublin - Sheetmetal Work
Catherine Wrigglesworth, Dublin - Visual Merchandising
Florian Byrnes, Limerick - Aircraft Maintenance
Eoin Shortall, Kilkenny - Welding
Ryan Carolan, Car Painting
Mark Boland, Auto Body Repair
Gavin Barlow, Polymechanic Automation
Other winners from other Institutes of Technology included:
Jonathan Chapman, Carlow - Bricklaying
Andrew Reddan. Baltray, Louth – Cookery
Gary Horgan, Listowel – Heavy Vehicle
Cian Mulligan, Rathcoole – Cabinet Making
Maria Pelonero, Kilkenny – Restaurant Service
View a gallery of the winners here.