Atlantic Technological University (ATU) won in four categories at the Worldskills National Final in Dublin on Thursday last (15th). ATU students won in the categories: Automotive Technology, Joinery, Restaurant Service, and Plastic Die (Toolmaking).
A total of 25 Atlantic TU students competed against over 180 other young people in the 2022 Worldskills Ireland (WSI) event which took place over three days in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin from the 13th to 15th of September and at ATU Sligo.
The three-day competition is the country’s largest experiential skills and apprenticeship event with over 15,000 visitors watching the finals, adding further pressure on competitors.
President of ATU, Dr. Orla Flynn said: “Atlantic TU has a great reputation for apprenticeship and skills-based learning and these awards are a testament to this. I’ve seen first-hand the pressurised environment of these competitions and these young people have achieved something incredible, in winning four categories and claiming second and third place in several others”.
ATU claimed first, second and third places in the Joinery Category with Barry Gordon from Easkey, Sligo coming first in the Worldskills Ireland Joinery final in the RDS.
Dion O’Sullivan from Macroom, Co. Cork won the Automotive Technology category for ATU while Hotel Management student at ATU and Sligo native Jordan K. Barrins came first in the Restaurant Service category.
ATU student Colm Healy from Lissarulla, Claregalway, now working for RPS won the inaugural Digital Infrastructure Design competition.
Meanwhile, Conor Whelehan from Ballintogher, Co. Sligo came first in the Plastic Die toolmaking competition which was held at ATU Sligo campus, the only competition held outside of the RDS.