Seven Medallions for Excellence for Team Ireland at the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi
The Irish WorldSkills team have won seven Medallions for Excellence at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi. The brilliant result has been achieved by the team of 14 young apprentices, trainees and students who represented Ireland at the competition. The results were officially announced this evening at the end of 4 days of competition in Abu Dhabi.
The Medallions for Excellence were awarded for the following skills; Welding, Aircraft Maintenance, Plumbing and Heating, Beauty Therapy, Restaurant Service, Construction Metal Work and Cabinet Making.
SOLAS CEO, Paul O’Toole said: “I am delighted for the Irish team of apprentices, trainees and students. Representing your country internationally is a huge achievement in its own right. To bring home seven Medallions of Excellence is a great achievement. The team should be very proud of themselves.”
The Irish young people, all under 25 years, proved expertise in their chosen field before they left Ireland by competing against their peers to secure their places on the Irish team. They spent the last four days showcasing their skills and talents against competitors from 60 countries.
The competitors who come from Cavan, Kerry, Waterford, Meath, Westmeath, Tipperary, Louth, Sligo, Wicklow & Kilkenny were in fulltime training for the past 8 weeks under the direction of their coaches. The Team has been trained in the Institutes of Technology (CIT, DIT, DKIT, WIT, Sligo IT, GMIT) and Education and Training Boards (Kerry ETB, Waterford Wexford ETB, Shannon ETB) Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute and Shannon College of Hotel Management.
The Irish team is funded by SOLAS, HEA, IOTI, Institutes of Technology – CIT, DIT, DKIT, LIT, WIT & IT Sligo, and ETBI.
The WorldSkills Competition, which is held every two years, is the world’s largest professional education event. Approximately 1,200 competitors from 68 countries and regions competed in almost 51 different skills and disciplines in Abu Dhabi. All competitors demonstrated technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks which they study and/or perform in their workplace. Over 800 volunteers assist the estimated 200,000 visitors and school groups that visited the event over the last four days.