Graduating apprentices from Limerick and Clare who recently completed their apprenticeship have been presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft.
The event was co-hosted by SOLAS and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.
Speaking at the presentation, Paul O’Toole, CEO, SOLAS, spoke of the Apprenticeship programme and drew particular attention to the calibre of the Irish Apprenticeship system which is recognised nationally and internationally.
“You have completed a comprehensive Apprenticeship that is recognised at home and abroad as one of the best in the world. An example of the standards achieved by apprentices during their apprenticeship is the success obtained by the Irish Team at successive World Skills Competitions. This is a remarkable achievement and it proves beyond doubt that our Apprenticeship system and our Apprentices are among the best in the world”.
At the most recent World Skills Competition held last August in São Paulo, Brazil, two Gold Medals, eight Medallions of Excellence and an 11th place world ranking were achieved by the team of 14 young apprentices, trainees and students who represented Ireland.
Paul O’Toole extended his congratulations to the Irish team on their achievement at the 2015 WorldSkills competition.
The Advanced Certificate Craft is at Level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications and is an internationally recognised qualification.
Representing the Education and Training Boards, George O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said “Limerick and Clare ETB is proud to be a partner in the administration of apprenticeship and in the delivery of apprenticeship training in our Training Centres in Limerick & Shannon. I congratulate todays graduates knowing they have achieved a qualification which has international recognition and acknowledges the holders as having achieved a level of excellence in their respective trades”.