A young woman from Kildare own has been selected to represent Ireland at the 45th WorldSkills Championship, which will be held later this month in Russia.
Megan Yeates, 22, whose skills set is in Logistics, will join 17 others from Ireland in Kazan, Russia from the 22-27 August, after winning the Ireland Skills Live competition in March earlier this year.
She has also recently taken part in a 12-week intense training programme in preparation for the WorldSkills Championship under the supervision of her trainer Declan Allen.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent my country on a world stage in Russia against my peers in my chosen discipline. The chance to represent my country comes with great pride. As the competition comes closer, it gets more exciting and I can’t wait to go,” said Megan.
“As it will be a hectic and stressful environment it is crucial to stay concentrated and not to lose focus,” she added.
“I have been fully supported by Technological University Dublin (TUD) and WorldSkills Ireland during my time training. Their best advice has been to think calmly under pressure and to stay focused during competition,” she said.
The competition will take place over 22 hours, across four days. Megan will be set a series of up eight different tasks/challenges over the course of four days.
Competitors will be aiming for the coveted prize of a gold, silver or bronze medal. Alongside these medals, medallions of excellence are at stake for competitors who score very highly.
Speaking about what she’s looking forward to the most in the upcoming competition, Megan said: “I feel the best part about taking part in this competition in Russia will be the chance to meet so many new people and discover new cultures. To date though, it has provided me with great training opportunities during my preparation, which has allowed me to meet so many new people in the industry.”
“I am very grateful for the support I have received from all those in my industry who have given up their time to pass on their knowledge and made themselves available to answer any questions I have had.”
Megan will face off against other teams in the same category (Under 25s) from Russia, China, Singapore, Brazil, Germany and Austria. However, there will be 63 countries taking part in the overall WorldSkills competition, in 56 different skills categories.
Speakng about her choice to study Logistics or Supply Chain she said: “I can say it is a wonderful course and leads to so many career options in the future. People have a misconception that Logistics is all driving trucks and dealing with warehouses but it is so much more than that.
“There are endless possibilities upon graduating in the industry. The sector is one which is currently experiencing a skills shortage so is currently looking for more people to enter the industry. I completed the degree course with TUD and I loved every moment of it. The small class sizes along with the support staff just made it a perfect pleasant learning environment and provided a full holistic learning experience.”
Megan is a former pupil of the Patrician Primary School and Holy Family Secondary School in Newbridge, where she graduated from the latter in 2014. In May of this year, she completed her Bachelors of Science Honours Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in TUD, where she received a First-Class Honours.
To anyone interested in entering into the next Ireland Skill’s Live competition, Megan said: “Go for it, you’ve got nothing to lose but everything to gain. It has been an amazing experience every step of the way. I made friends for life during the Ireland Skills Live competition and I am so grateful to have their support throughout my preparations for Russia”.
Megan also has a blog, which she will be updating her followers regularly about her time at the WorldSkills Competition.
Her parents, Robert and Miranda, her brother Jack and the rest of her extended family and friends are enormously proud of Megan’s many achievements to date.
Megan’s blog can be viewed at https://mylogisticslifejourney.home.blog/, and her professional profile can also be found on LinkedIn.