Plumber David off to World Skills contest
Wicklow apprentice David Donegan will represent Ireland at the 44th World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi from October 14 to 19.
David, who hails from Baltinglass, will take part in the plumbing competition of what is often called the skills olympics.
David and his fellow team members were selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition Finals which were held in December 2016.
The Irish competitors, all under 25 years, have proven expertise in their chosen field having competed against their peers to secure their places at the competition.
They will showcase their skills and talents in the areas of aircraft maintenance, automobile technology, beauty therapy, cabinetmaking, heavy vehicle mechanics, construction metal work, electrical installations, industrial control, joinery, plastering and dry wall systems, plastic die engineering, plumbing and heating, restaurant service and welding.
David and his fellow competitiors, who come from Cavan, Kerry, Waterford, Meath, Westmeath, Tipperary, Louth, Sligo, and Kilkenny, have been in fulltime training for the past 10 weeks under the direction of their coaches.
The team has been trained in the Institutes of Technology, Education and Training Boards, Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Shannon College of Hotel Management and Aer Lingus.
The WorldSkills Competition, which is held every two years, is the world's largest professional education event. Approximately 1,200 competitors from 68 countries and regions will compete in almost 51 different skills and disciplines in Abu Dhabi.
All competitors will demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.