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Waterford Wexford ETB Students success at World Skills ‘Olympics’ 24/10/15

| October 24, 2015

The bi-annual four day World Skills competition has just been hosted in Brazil and Ireland has ranked 11th in the world for its trade skills. Three students of Waterford Wexford ETB were placed fifth, seventh and ninth in the world for their respective trade skills.

Automobile Technology Apprentice Andrew Bushe trained for the competition at the Waterford Training Centre was placed 5th in the world amongst 40 competitors. Plastering and Dry Wall Systems Apprentice John Murray who also trained for the competition at the Waterford Training Centre placed 7th in the world amongst 17 competitors and Beauty Therapy trainee Andrea Donoghue who completed her course of study in Waterford College of Further Education was placed 9th in the world amongst 25 competitors.

The Irish young team, all under 25 years, proved expertise in their chosen field before they left Ireland by competing against their peers to secure their places on the Irish team. They spent four days showcasing their skills and talents against competitors from 60 countries.

Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board Chairman presented three of the successful WorldSkills Irish team that completed in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  They were part of the team that finished in 11th place of 60 Countries taking part in what is the Olympic for Skills.

The occasion was a first for WWETB as the competitors were trained across Further Education in the Waterford College of Further Education and Training and through the WWETB Waterford Training Centre.  Chairman Jim Moore paid tribute to these competitors Andrea Donoghue – Beauty Therapy, John Murray – Plastering and Dry Wall Systems and Andrew Bushe – Automobile Technology who all achieved Medallions of Excellence in their respective skills which sees them in the top echelons of their individual disciplines.

In his address Jim Moore praised the Competitors, their families and their employers.  He said, “All associated with the achievement of these young people should be congratulated.  These individuals and their team mates are all at the top of their skills and the future for them, their employers and Ireland looked very bright indeed. The ETB is committed to the development of the highest standards of Education and Training for the workforce of the future.”  He went on to say “The ETB is committed to the development of the highest standards of Education and Training for the workforce of the future.”

 

Image (Apprentice Andre Bushe)

Pictured competing at the World Skills Competition is Automobile Technology Apprentice Andrew Bushe who trained for the competition at the WWETB Waterford Training Centre; Andrew placed 5th in the world amongst 40 competitors.

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