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DIT at the World Skills Competition 2017

Posted: 4 October, 2017

DIT is heavily represented in the Irish World Skills team with four trainees heading off to compete in the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi next week.

The DIT World Skills Competition Team - from L-R :Maurice Collins Welding Expert, Eoin Shortall Welding Competitor; Thomas Murphy Deputy Chief Expert Heavy Vehicle Mechanics; Kerry Meakin Expert Visual Merchandising; Gary Horgan Competitor Heavy vehicle Mechanics; Paul Marah Expert Electrical Installations; Kevin Hough competitor Electrical Installations; Ray English Official Delegate; Brendan Muldowney Competitor Industrial Control; Colm Agnew Expert Industrial control

Launched in 1950 and taking place every two years, the WorldSkills Competition 2017 will see 1,300 competitors from 60 countries and regions take part in what is described as the "World Cup" of vocational skills. The competition aims to inspire young people to study technical education and vocational skills for entrepreneurship or for their career. Ireland was placed 11th out of 75 countries at the last event in Brazil in 2015.

The competition takes place in Abu Dhabi this year, with 14 young people under-25 will representing Ireland including four trainees from DIT. Eoin Shortall will show off his skills in the Welding category, while Gary Horgan will compete in Heavy Vehicle Mechanics followed by Kevin Hough in Electrical Installations and Brendan Muldowney in Industrial Control. 

DIT President Professor Brian Norton chats with Kevin Hough and Gary Hogan ahead of their trip to Abu Dhabi to compete in the World Skills Competition 2017

A team of DIT experts with skills in a range of areas including Visual Merchandising, Electrical Installations and Welding will also represent Ireland at the event. You can read more about the Irish team and the categories they will represent Ireland in at the World Skills Competition 2017 website

Best of luck Team Ireland!