Do you want to be the next National Skills Champion?

Competitions will be offered in the following skills:

Aircraft Maintenance* Cookery Plastering and Drywall
Autobody Repair Electrical Installations Plastic Die Engineering**
Automobile Technology Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Polymechanic Automation
Beauty Therapy Hairdressing** Plumbing & Heating
Brickwork Industrial Control Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Cabinetmaking Joinery Restaurant Service**
CAD** MAMF Sheetmetal Work
Car Painting Mechatronics* ** Visual Merchandising
Carpentry Metal Fabrication Welding
Construction Plant Fitting       Painting & Decorating       

Age Requirements: Competitors must not be older than 22 years in 2017 (born in 1995 or later). Skills marked* must not be older than 25 years in 2017 (born in 1992 or later).

Closing date for nominations is 1st November 2016, Final Competition 5th-9th of December 2016, skills marked** will be held in 2017.

Background to National Skills Competition:

The Department of Education and Skills have been offering annual National Skills Competitions since 1957, the winner of each skills receives the Department's prestigious Silver Medal. Competitions promote the pursuit of excellence and high level skills that are central to Ireland's economic success and development. Staff of the Institutes of Technology, Education Training Boards, Colleges of Further Education and Employers may nominate competitors. The National Competitions are conducted in two stages. The Preliminary Stage is conducted in a number of nominated centres around the country. Competitors who reach the required qualifying standard in the Preliminary Competition are invited to participate in the National Final. National Skills Competitions are conducted over three days (15-20 hours duration).

The Irish WorldSkills Team will be selected from the finalists of the National Skills Competition. Finalists may have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 (14th-19th October 2017).

Please contact WorldSkills Ireland at:
Phone: +353 21 433 5910
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: WorldSkills Ireland CIT, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland              

The Regional Skills and Training Centre are proud of our Apprentices who took part in their chosen trades at the National Skills Competitions in previous years. In 2014, Gordon Hickey, a Toolmaker employed by Autolaunch, came first in his skill at the competition held in Sligo. He completed Phase 2 of his Apprenticeship in Toolmaking in Dundalk under the tuition of Instructor Paul Twibill.

Three more of our past Apprentices, through winning National Skills Competitions, went on to become part of the Irish WorldSkills Team in 2015. Shane Magee, an Electrician working with Kieran Callaghan, David Morgan, who works for P & L Carpentry and Daniel Murphy, also a Carpenter, travelled to the WorldSkills competition in Brazil. Shane received tuition from Electrical Instructor, Tony Smyth. Carpentry and Joinery is taught by RSTC Instructor, Ritchie McGuinness.

Shane competed in Electrical Installations. David took part in the Carpentry finals and Daniel's competitive skill was in Joinery. The 3 men were among over 1,000 other competitors to represent their countries. The 43rd WorldSkills Competition took place at São Paulo, Brazil from 11th to 16th August 2015.

The National Skills and WorldSkills competitions are great opportunities for young Apprentices to develop and perfect skills within their trade, as well as gaining much deserved recognition from their employers, tutors and peers.

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