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WorldSkills 2015: Taoiseach welcomes Team Ireland to Merrion Street

Posted: 4 November, 2015

Last week it was Government Buildings for the very successful WorldSkills Team Ireland, and this week it is Áras an Úachtarán!

Pictured with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Damien English at Government Buidlings(L to R)were Andrea Donoghue, winner of Medallion of Excellence in Beauty Therapy; Ros Wynne, Gold Medal Winner  in Aircraft Maintenance; and Aline Sile, Gold Medal winner in Restaurant Service

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Minister Damien English welcomed the team to Government Buildings last week, to celebrate their huge success at the WorldSkills competition held in Brazil in August this year.  The team returned with two Gold Medals, eight medallions of Excellence.  Collectively they secured 11th place among almost 70 countries and regions participating.

DIT lecturers and mentors of apprentices and Team Ireland Officials with An Taoiseach

There was special commendation for DIT apprentice Ros Wynne who won the Gold medal for Aircraft Maintenance, making Ireland the only country ever to win Gold for the fourth consecutive time in the category. Ros was also named as Best of the Nation winner.   The second Gold Medal this year was won by Alina Sile in the Restaurant Service competition.  Medallions of Excellence were awarded for Beauty Therapy; Electrical Installation; Joinery; Cabinet Making: Automobile Technology; Plumbing; Plastering and Dry Wall; and Construction Metal Work. 

Team Ireland at Government Buildings

The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years and is the world’s largest professional education event.  The 1,200 competitors who competed in 50 different skills and disciplines are required to demonstrate excellent technical abilities as they execute specific and demanding tasks. 

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, said “The young people who represented our country at the WorldSkills Competition, the Skills Olympics, should be very proud of themselves and all they have achieved. So should their families, mentors and the Institutes of Technology, the Education and Training Boards, and the colleges where these young people were taught to hone their skills and crafts. As we work to secure Ireland’s economic recovery, it is important for our young people to see the opportunities that exist from our further education and training programmes to develop a skills or trade that can secure them a rewarding job and a profession. These young people are not only master craftsmen and women and award winners in their own right, they are the entrepreneurs and employers of tomorrow”. 

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