Skills on Show at Worldskills Ireland

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Worldskills Ireland, Ireland’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, opened it’s doors at the RDS Simmonscourt this week welcoming thousands of visitors.

A unique partnership by Government, Education and Industry, 2022 marks the second year of Worldskills Ireland following the success of the inaugural event in 2019. Designed to promote skills, apprenticeship careers and opportunities for young people, Worldskills Ireland is needed now more than ever. 

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According to SOLAS, the State agency which manages the further education and training sector, its recent survey on sectors reporting skills shortages found that nearly half of IT and engineering firms had difficulty filling roles, and 26pc of construction companies said it was difficult to fill certain roles. 

Recognising the vital role that WorldSkills has to play, the event is supported by industry including event partners, SISK, Designer Group, Construction Industry Federation, ESB Networks and Autodesk. Education partners include the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS), The Higher Education Authority (HEA), SOLAS and NAO. 

Welcoming students, parents, teachers and businesses from all across Ireland, there are plenty of interactive events, inspiring talks, demonstrations and careers advice in the jam-packed schedule. The show will play host to the National Skills competitions, which will see over 165 students from across Ireland competing in 32 skilled areas. 

Praising the importance of the Worldskills event in developing and instilling practical skills in Ireland’s young adult population, Ray English, Worldskills Ireland Chair and Technical Delegate, says: “Worldskills Ireland is an excellent promotional event for apprenticeships and traineeships in Ireland, showing that they are attractive routes for young people to gain an internationally recognised qualification and to develop up to date and relevant skills.

“We’re showcasing the careers that are going to develop in so many areas, including newer industries like green technologies. The event shows what your career could look like in the future in a practical, tactile way. Worldskills is more than just a brochure on these careers, you can actually see them in operation and talk to those involved. It’s a great way to see skills in action.”

Worldskills Ireland 2022 has been designed to raise the profile and recognition of skills and apprenticeships, preparing the talent of today for the careers of the future.

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