DIT Hosts National Skills Competition 2008

Dublin Institute of Technology is hosting the Department of Education and Science’s National Skills Competition 2008 from June 16th to 20th in its Bolton Street campus.

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The National Skills Competition has been running since 1956 and this year over 100 apprentices and students from around Ireland will compete in DIT for the much coveted Silver Medal Award over four days of competition. DIT is hosting competitions in fifteen skills which include: Aircraft Mechanics, Automobile Technology, Autobody Repair, Brickwork, Car Painting, Cookery, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Polymechanics, Refrigeration, Restaurant Service, Sheet Metalwork and Welding.

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The National Skills Competition 2008 will be officially opened at a ceremony on Monday, June 16th in the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane and will close with an awards ceremony on Friday 20th June in the Round Room in the Mansion House.

This year’s event is sponsored for the first time by commercial and residential developers the Ballymore Group. Snickers Workwear will once again be providing professional work attire for all the competitors.

The winners in each skill area will receive the prestigious Silver Medal Award  from the Minister of Education and Science, at a special function  which is held later in the year, and may also have the opportunity to represent Ireland in the World Skills Competition in Canada in 2009.

According to Mr. Donal Keys, Chair of DIT’s National Skills Competition Organising Committee, “DIT is very proud to facilitate these highly skilled young people who represent the best in Irish industry here in Bolton Street, competing to become the champion of Ireland in their specific skill area and we wish them every success”, Mr. Keys said.

“These competitions cannot take place without considerable sponsorship from Irish industry and we are delighted to host this year’s competition in association with Ballymore Group for the first time. Our professional work wear sponsor is Snickers Workwear who will supply the competitors with attire for the full week of the competition” he added.

“Ballymore is delighted to be the main sponsor of the DIT National Skills Competition. Our founder, Sean Mulryan started out in life as an apprentice following on an AnCO  course in  bricklaying and stone work. Today, Sean’s company is one of the biggest property development companies in Europe. Ballymore knows and promotes the importance of training and learning skills and we wish all the competitors well, not just in this competition but in their careers”, said Paul Keogh of Ballymore.

Mr David Macken, Managing Director of Snickers Workwear, said “Snickers Workwear is very happy to be involved again with this year’s National Skills Competition.

The high level of skill, commitment and determination shown by all the competitors is something Snickers is proud to promote and encourage. I would like to congratulate all the competitors and wish them all the best of luck in their future careers.”

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