Dublin wins big at  national ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards 

by Gazette Reporter
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The National Apprenticeship Office has awarded three outstanding Dubliners top category awards in the Generation Apprenticeship ‘Apprentice of Year’ awards 2023, out of a record number 222 nominees from across every county in Ireland.

The 14 finalists including Dubliners Shakeel, Jamie and Gary won special category awards in their skilled area, across industries representing Hospitality, Healthcare, Hairdressing, Finance, Insurance, ICT, Property Services, Recruitment, Sales, Engineering, Biopharma, Logistics, Motor, Electrical and Construction.

Longford-native Hazel Johnston, Manufacturing Engineering apprentice with DePuy Synthes Cork took home the second-ever national title at the independently judged awards, standing as the first-ever female winner of the highly-coveted ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. 

Pat O’Doherty Chairperson of the National Apprenticeship Alliance (NAA) presented 14 exceptional finalists with a prestigious award in front of a gathering of 500 guests in the Round Room of The Mansion House, Dublin. 

Hailing from Lusk, Jamie Bermingham picked up a category award in ‘Construction’. A former World Skills Ireland winner he is now proudly working as an apprentice plumber at Jones Engineering.

Clondalkin-native Shakeel Jeeroburkan, winner of the ‘Finance’ award said: “It is a proud moment for me and the entire team at Fidelity International.”

Ayrfield’s Gary Whelan an Electrical Instrumentation apprentice at Diageo Ireland, said of his ‘Electrical’ category win: “I have been privileged to further my skills and education through my apprenticeship in electrical instrumentation with Diageo. It was an honour to be nominated for this award and now to win an award feels incredible”.

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