MACROOM apprentice, Patrick Twomey will represent Ireland at the 45th WorldSkills Competition, the skills Olympics, in Kazan, Russia next month.
Patrick, from Coolea, will take part in the Construction Metal Work competition.
The Irish young people, all under 25 years, have proven expertise in their chosen field having competed against their peers to secure their places at the Competition.
Patrick and his fellow team members were selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition Finals which were held in March 2019.
The competitors have been in training for the past ten weeks under the direction of their coaches.
The team has been training in TU Dublin, the Institutes of Technology (CIT, LIT, WIT, DKIT, IT Carlow & AIT) and education and training board colleges (Kerry ETB, Waterford Wexford ETB, Limerick Clare ETB, Donegal ETB, Dublin Dún Laoghaire ETB) and Shannon College of Hotel Management.
The WorldSkills Competition, which is held every two years, is the world’s largest professional education event. Approximately 1,600 competitors from 60 countries will compete in 56 different skills and disciplines in Russia. All competitors will demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.
The competition will run from August 22nd to 27th.