By Conor Forrest
SEVEN students from Co Kildare have travelled to the RDS in Dublin on 13-15 September, to participate in the prestigious Worldskills Ireland competition.
They’ll be competing against over 180 other young people from across the country in a range of skills-based trades including automation, robotics, construction skills and culinary arts.
Having fought off tough competition to secure a place in the prestigious national finals, the seven skilled young students and apprentices will compete in front of over 15,000 visitors at the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships, and careers event.
They are Elliot Treacy from Naas competing in Cabinetmaking; Jason O’Shea from Carbury competing in Carpentry; Conor McAuley from Naas and David Walsh from Athy both competing in Electrical Installation; Michael Rainsford Ryan from Athy competing in IT Solutions for Business; Jonathan Johnson from Celbridge competing in Mechanical Engineering CAD, and Adam Cross from Naas competing in Plumbing and Heating.
Worldskills Ireland 2022 is designed to promote skills, apprenticeship careers and opportunities for young people. The event allows students, parents, teachers, and guidance counsellors to navigate the options available following secondary education. Free to attend, registration for the event is now open – worldskillsireland.ie.
Alongside the competitions, there will be demonstrations, try out areas, inspiring real-live talks from industry experts, an opportunity to meet employers who are ready to recruit and the chance to view innovative digital tech skills that are the backbone of jobs of the future.
Opening hours are from 10am-5pm and group time slots will be allocated from 10am-12 noon or from 1-3pm. Pre-booking is advised as some times are already sold out. Attendance is free.