Last week, Mr Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, launched officially Team Ireland’s challenge in the 43rd WorldSkills competition which takes place from 12 to 15 August in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world.
The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from WorldSkills' Member countries and regions. They will demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and will perform in the future.
Fourteen competitors will be competing at the 43rd WorldSkills competition in São Paulo. Team members are: Alina Sile (Restaurant Service), David Morgan (Carpentry), Donal Logan (Plastic Die Engineering), Jonathan Flynn (Plumbing), Daniel Murphy (Joinery), Martin Tully (Industrial Control), Ros Wynne (Aircraft Maintenence), Andrew Bushe (Automobile Technology), Shane Magee (Electrical Installations), Dean McSweeney (Construction Metal Work), Owen Murphy (Welding), Cian Mulligan (Cabinetmaking), John Murray (Plastering) and Andrea Donoghue (Beauty Therapy). The team leader is Mary Beads.
At the 42nd event in 2013, Team Ireland placed 11th overall and took home a number of medals including gold in Plumbing & Heating, and Aircraft Maintenance. The team also won a bronze medal in Plastering & Drywall Construction as well as 7 Medallions for Excellence in Electrical Installations, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Welding, Automobile Technology, Bricklaying, Restaurant Services, and Beauty Therapy.