A SKILLED apprentice from Carnew has been crowned Best in Ireland at sheetmetal work in the Ireland Skills National Competition.
Marcus Doran of Tomacork came home triumphant to his place of work, Iron Crafts Stainless Steel Fabricators on Carnew's Main Street, with his national awards for Sheetmetal Work in tow.
Marcus, a former pupil of Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, has been a Fas registered apprentice since early 2009 with Iron Crafts, whose main area of work is the manufacture of goods for the catering trade.
'Our workshop practice is to have our apprentices become skilled at each stage of the manufacturing process, from reading initial drawings, through assembly and welding of items, to cleaning and polishing of the finished goods,' said Tony Flood of Carnew Ironcrafts.
'We realised early on that Marcus has a real aptitude for this work and we were delighted to learn that he was being put forward for the Ireland Skills National Competition 2012, organised by DIT, and gave him every encouragement to go for it,' he added.
He will also receive the Department of Education and Skills Silver Medal Award and it is now possible he will be selected to represent Ireland at the WorldSkills competition in Germany.