Tuesday 28 February 2017

World Skills winners show university not the only way to a brilliant career

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation with Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan: the purpose of World Skills is that it demonstrates to Government and teachers that there is an alternative to running an economy solely built on people who have degrees, masters and PhDs
Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation with Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan: the purpose of World Skills is that it demonstrates to Government and teachers that there is an alternative to running an economy solely built on people who have degrees, masters and PhDs

Did you know that Ireland has two new world champions whose achievements should be celebrated, and the significance of their victory should be appreciated in every school up and down the country?

These people won gold in the World Skills games in Brazil last weekend. The four-day World Skills competition dates 7to 1953 and sees 1,200 competitors from 60 countries facing 1,100 expert judges. It is the World Cup for apprentices, craftsmen and young people who can actually do and make things. Remember them?

The World Skills competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills event in the world, truly reflecting global industry. The competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions in member countries. The Irish competitors represent Ireland as in any competition.

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