Lucan local awarded first-ever National Apprentice of the Year title

by Rachel Cunningham
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Three Dubliners received finalist awards in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made as apprentices at the inaugural Apprentice of the Year Awards ceremony, which was held in Dublin’s Mansion House. 

Lucan local Brian Riordan, a fourth-year electrical apprentice at the Designer Group, beat fierce competition from 187 entries across the country to take home the top national title as Apprentice of the Year. 

Dubliners Dean Doyle, motor mechanic at Frank Keane Motors, and Gary Mullen, plumbing apprentice at Tritech Electrical, also received acknowledgement for their efforts. 

Apprentices were nominated by their employer or educational partner and were judged on the four essential categories of leadership, teamwork, creativity and problem solving. 

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD presented the awards to 12 finalists out of 187 nominees from every county in Ireland. 

Apprentice of the Year winner Brian Riordan said that he was “absolutely delighted” to win the Apprentice of the Year award. He expressed his gratitude to Designer Group for giving him the opportunity to restart his career. 

“I was made redundant from my last job and I was suffering stress from that and this gave me the opportunity to change. No matter where you are in life or whatever, there are options open and once you choose to do something, there’s always some way to do it. 

“I went a completely different pathway and then, in the last few years, decided to change and I found that it really worked for me and the earn while you learn bit is what made all the difference,” he said. 

Minister Harris extended his congratulations to the Dublin apprentices on all on their hard work and commitment to their apprenticeships 

“Apprenticeship is a vital lever for the continued economic prosperity of this country; it not only unlocks the skills and expertise necessary for leading Irish businesses but also will help us to achieve critical aims in the programme for government, including on housing,” he said. 

“I would encourage anyone to consider an apprenticeship. This is third-level education and you can earn as you learn. It is time to get involved and help us build the next generation of apprentices.”

Featured Image: Minister Simon Harris TD with Apprentice of the Year Award Recipient, Brian Riordan (39), Electrical Apprentice at Designer Group, Dublin. 

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