Friday 28 April 2017

German-style apprenticeship system is what our youth need

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last week, we rightly rejoiced when Rob Heffernan won a gold medal in Moscow. But the media took no notice when Joseph Kelly won a gold medal at Leipzig last July. Thereby hangs a tale of class prejudice and crass stupidity.

Kelly won his gold for aircraft maintenance at the WorldSkills Fair in Leipzig. He was trained at the FAS Training Centre in Shannon as an apprentice. He is now employed by TransAero, an aircraft maintenance company based in Shannon.

To win his gold medal, Kelly had to be better than apprentices from all over the world. That included Germany, the home of apprenticeship skills. We also won a gold for plumbing. But this is the third time in five years that we won it for aircraft work.

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