Almost 1,000 students, from 25 trades, representing 5 ETBs, received awards recently for successfully completing apprenticeship programmes that are world renowned.
There was a large attendance the award ceremony to celebrate the event at Citywest Hotel on Friday 25th September. The students were addressed by Damien English TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Paul O’Toole CEO SOLAS and Jacinta Stewart CEO CDETB before being presented with their awards by the Minister.
The Minister warmly congratulated the students and acknowledged their QQI Advanced Certificate Craft award as a valuable qualification which has worldwide currency. At the recent World Skills Olympics in Brazil, Ireland won two gold medals, eight medallions of excellence and an 11th place ranking in the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.
On behalf of ETBs Jacinta Stewart said; ‘We have been working in a rapidly changing education sector that has experienced amalgamation, consolidation and a widening of our functions. ETBs and SOLAS have worked very hard to ensure that your student experience has been as seamless as possible. As Education and Training Boards, we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with SOLAS, Institutes of Technology, employers and other bodies to ensure the on-going excellence of these programmes as well as their responsiveness to economic and employment needs’.
Those awarded included:
- Over 300 students from City of Dublin ETB
- Over 500 students from Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board
- Approximately 130 from Kildare Wicklow ETB, 30 from Louth Meath and 10 from Cavan Monaghan ETB.