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WorldSkills Flag makes flying visit to DIT Grangegorman

Posted: 28 May, 2018

In preparation for the 45th WorldSkills competition in Kazan 2019, the WorldSkills Flag visited Dublin to mark the hosting of the competition by DIT in 1963. The flag also visited Cork to celebrate CIT holding the event in 1979.

DIT President Professor Brian Norton with Gary Horgan and Aaron Ronan Abu Dhabi 2017 competitors fly the WorkSkills Flag in DIT Grangegorman

After making its way from Abu Dhabi (UAE) via Sochi (Russia) to the International Space Station, the flag touched down in Dublin last week. An excited group of apprentice trainees looked on as  Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT and Dr Barry O'Connor, CIT President, patched symbols commemorating when both Institutes hosted the WorldSkills competition in 1963 and 1979. Also, two new WorldSkills Competitions hosted by WorldSkills Ireland in Cloud Computing and Building Information Modelling (BIM) Revit were also inaugurated.

Every two years WorldSkills hosts the world championships of skills which attracts more than 1,300 competitors from more than 70 countries. At this event, young people from all corners of the globe gather together for the chance to win a prestigious medal in their chosen skill. There are competitions in over fifty skills across a wide range of industries — from joinery to floristry; hairdressing to electronics; and auto body repair to baking. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions that are held in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. In a stellar performance representing Ireland at last year's event, DIT trainee Eoin Shorthall won a Medallion for Excellence in Welding. 

The next competition will take place in Kazan in August 2019.