Christopher is travelling to Russia for world skills competition
A young County Wexford man has been selected to represent Ireland at the 45th World Skills Competition, regarded as the skills Olympics, in Kazan, Russia later this month.
Christopher Kehoe from Enniscorthy is a qualified apprentice and an employee of Future Stainless who is currently training in welding. He will take part in the welding competition of the championships.
All the Irish participants are young people under 25 years who have proven a level of expertise in their chosen field, having competed against their peers to secure places in the competition.
Christopher and his fellow team members were selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition which were held in March of this year.
The Irish competitors who come from all over the country will showcase their skills in the areas of Aircraft Maintenance, Beauty Therapy, Cabinetmaking, Cookery, Construction Metal Work, Electrical Installations, Joinery, Plumbing and Heating, Restaurant Service, Welding, Freight Forwarding, Visual Merchandising, Cloud Computing, Brick-Laying, Industrial Millwright Mechanic and Building Information Modelling.
The contestants have been in training for the past ten weeks under the direction of their coaches in Institutes of Technology and ETB Colleges around Ireland as well as Shannon College of Hotel Management.
The WorldSkills Competition is held every two years and is the world's largest professional education event. Approximately 1,600 competitors from 60 countries will compete in 56 different skills and disciplines in Russia. All the finalists will demonstrate technical abilities individually and collectively by executing specific tasks which they have studied and/or perform in their workplace.
The competition will take place in Kazan from August 22 to 27.