Worldskills Ireland 2023 Returns to Help Students Build their Future

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Opportunities in manufacturing and engineering sector set to take centre stage during event

This September, Ireland’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event – Worldskills Ireland 2023 - will open its doors at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, promoting trade industry skills and apprenticeship opportunities for young people as they navigate future options following secondary education.

Taking place from 20th – 22nd September, Worldskills Ireland 2023 is set to welcome over 22,000 students, parents and teachers, and will be a live celebration of apprenticeships, skills and careers, with National competitions, interactive demonstrations, career zones and employers who are ready to recruit.

The three-day show is set to inspire the next generation of skilled young people to follow their passions, interests and talents for the securement of their own future, and of Ireland’s. From Manufacturing and Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure, Technology, Health, Hospitality and Lifestyle and all things Digital, Business and Creative, Worldskills Ireland 2023 gives students the chance to discover the key skills and sectors that drive the Irish economy.

The event is supported by industry partners, SISK, Construction Industry Federation, ESB Networks, Autodesk, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus, and education partners including the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS), The Higher Education Authority (HEA), SOLAS, and NAO.

Across three action-packed days, the event will bring young people together through interactive events and demonstrations, and will give them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers who are ready to recruit. Running alongside will be the National competitions and Evin Coughlan, who won the Mechanical Engineering CAD competition last year, reflected on his experience stating: “The whole experience taught me so much. It really encouraged me to refine my skills as an engineer, to become as accurate and efficient as possible and it also helped me to secure a job in the sector.

“My advice to anyone who is thinking about competing, regardless of sector, is definitely to go for it. It’s a competition that’s really not about the winning, it’s the process of getting there and you’ll be amazed at how much you’re going to learn along the way. Those skills will stand to you long after the competition is over.”

Celebrating excellence within the industry, the National Skills finals will be taking place at the event showcasing more than 32+ varied skills in a competitive setting. Manufacturing and Engineering skills competitions will include; Industrial Mechanics, Sheetmetal Work, Polymechanics, Plastic Die Engineering, Metal Fabrication and Welding.

The National Manufacturing and Engineering Competition finals for 2023 are supported by Industry leaders including, SMC, Lincoln, Metron and BOC Gas.

Investing in future talent, Kirby Group Engineering, Telecommunications & Data Network Engineering (TDNE), CJK, Mercury and Suir Engineering are set to exhibit in the Careers Zone, supporting the recruitment of apprenticeships in the Manufacturing and Engineering industry.
With a mission to inspire and encourage the next generation to follow their passions, interests and talents, Worldskills Ireland 2023 is committed to promoting excellence in skills and driving economic growth through a skilled workforce.