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World Skills 2015: Team Ireland heads for Brazil!

Posted: 6 August, 2015

Good luck to Team Ireland as they head to Sao Paulo, Brazil for WorldSkills 2015. The competitions will run from 11 – 16 August.

DIT student Martin Tully, competing in Industrial Control at WorldSkills 2015, with Colm Agnew, lecturer in Electrical Engineering in DIT and WorldSkills Expert

Team Ireland will compete in fourteen skills areas, from Automotive Technology to Joinery, and Construction Metal Work to Restaurant Service.  DIT student Martin Tully will be representing Ireland in the Industrial Control Section of the Electrical Installation competitions.  A native of Woodford, Co. Galway, Martin began his electrical apprenticeship with the ESB.  With the support of his employer, he was able to transfer into full-time study in electrical engineering. 


Electrical Installations competitor Shane Magee, with DIT lecturer in Electrical Engineering and WorldSkills Expert Paul Marah

DIT also has a number of Experts on the Irish team, including Paul Marah, Electrical Installations; Maurice Collins, Welding; Thomas Murphy, Heavy Vehicle Maintenance; and Colm Agnew, Industrial Control. 

Long-time advocate of National and WorldSkills competitions and DIT lecturer Martin Sneyd will be attending as World Skills Official Delegate.  Martin, who has mentored many competitors during his association with the competition, says  “While this competition started life as an Apprentice competition it has now evolved into far more and is a major world Technical Skills Competition with over 50 different skills competitions and demonstrations and close to 70 nations taking part.  It includes many skill areas that are represented among the technical disciplines in DIT, and the opportunity to compete is a fantastic honour.”


Minister Damien English with members of Team Ireland before their departure for Sao Paulo

The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world. This year’s competitors, representing the best of their peers, are selected from nearly 70 WorldSkills' Member countries and regions. They will demonstrate technical abilities both indidvidually and collectively to execute specific tasks in the disciplines they are studying and which will lead to their future careers.

Best of luck to Team Ireland!  To find out more about WorldSkills and to follow Team Ireland’s progress go to