County Wexford student wins AIB Career award

Conor Whelan from Ramsgrange CS receiving his award.

David LoobyNew Ross Standard

Conor Whelan of Ramsgrange Community School, who completed work experience at Kilmokea Manor and Garden as a greenskeeper, was one of the highly commended students in the TY category in the AIB Career Skills Competition by CareersPortal.

It was a day of celebration at the Royal College of Physicians as secondary school students, their families, teachers and guidance counsellors gathered from across the country to attend the awards.

It was a hotly contested competition this year, with around 1,000 student entries, an increase of almost a third on 2022. Guest of honour Minister for Education Norma Foley TD congratulated the winning students on their impressive achievements and their winning entries.

The competition, which was open to all senior cycle students who have undertaken a work experience placement, was developed 13 years ago by Ireland’s award winning and leading career guidance website CareersPortal. The competition aims to encourage students to focus on the importance of career skills. Conor also completed a career investigation into life as a computer programmer.