Limerick students compete in Worldskills national finals

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Minister of State Niall Collins with 2019 WorldSkills winner Megan Yates and some of the competitors in next week's competition.

EIGHT Limerick students will take part in the WorldSkills Ireland competition, the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships, and careers event, at the RDS in Dublin.

From September 13 to 15, more than 180 young people will compete in a range of skills-based trade categories including automation, robotics, constructions skills and culinary arts.

The Limerick students competing at the Worldskills event include Claire Kiely from Rathkeale (Beauty Therapy); Alexander O’Connor from Abbeyfeale (Cabinetmaking); Jack Rice from Limerick City (Cookery); Niamh Houlihan from Adare (Hairdressing); Eoin Cregan from Castletroy (Industrial Mechanics); Martin Russell from Raheen (Mechanical Engineering CAD) Liam Maunsell from Anglesboro and Darragh Woulfe from Abbeyfeale, (Plastic Die Engineering).

After securing their place in the national finals, the Limerick students will compete in front of over 15,000 visitors to the two-day event.

Worldskills Ireland Chair and Technical Delegate Ray English said that the event will showcase the best in class across many different disciplines, offering young people a wealth of options as they move from secondary education.

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Alongside the competitions, there will also be demonstrations, talks from industry experts, opportunities to meet employers, and a chance to view innovative digital tech skills in practice.

Worldskills aims to inspire the next generation of skilled young people to follow their passions and change perceptions about apprenticeship as a career option.

Further information here