Alina Sile, a year 4 student at Shannon College of Hotel Management, has returned from Brazil where she won a gold medal representing Ireland in Aircraft Maintenance and Restaurant Service at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo.
In total two Gold Medals, eight Medallions of Excellence and an 11th place ranking have been achieved by the team of 14 young apprentices, trainees and students who represented Ireland at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Brazil.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Ireland has won gold in Aircraft Maintenance. The Medallions of Excellence were awarded for the following skills: Beauty Therapy; Electrical Installation; Joinery; Cabinet Making: Automobile Technology; Plumbing; Plastering and Dry Wall; and Construction Metal Work. The team’s individual scores all contributed to the collective 11th place of Ireland.
The Irish young people, all under 25 years, proved to be experters in their chosen field before they left Ireland by competing against their peers to secure their places on the Irish team. They spent the last four days showcasing their skills and talents against competitors from 60 countries.
The Competitors, who come from Meath, Wexford, Dublin, Cork, Cavan, Galway, Monaghan, Cork, Leitrim, Mayo and Latvia, were in fulltime training for the 8 weeks leading up to the competition under the direction of their coaches. The Team has been trained in the Institutes of Technology – CIT, DIT, DKIT, WIT, and Education and Training Boards – Kerry ETB, Clare Limerick ETB, Waterford Wexford ETB, Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute and Shannon College of Hotel Management.