Kildare apprentices are tops of their trades

Two young Kildare men were recently named tops of their trade as they came in the top 50 in the National Skills competitions.

Two young Kildare men were recently named tops of their trade as they came in the top 50 in the National Skills competitions.

An awards ceremony was held in Dublin recently to mark the achievements of the 2010 and 2011 National Skills winners.

The Kildare men honoured were Padraig Molloy, an aircraft mechanic from Nurney who works for Dublin Aerospace, and also Colm Carberry from Kilcock who is a heavy vehicle mechanic for Dublin Bus. Both won their awards in 2010.

Held annually since 1956, the National Skills Competion promotes excellence in industrial and service skills. It pits the best apprentices from across the country against each other in 25 trades over a gruelling three day practical exam. A variety of skills are tested from bricklaying and aircraft maintenance to cooking and beauty therapy for young men and women alike. Some winners then go on to represent Ireland at World Skills, the bi-annual global event dubbed “Olympics for the trades”.

The silver medals were presented by Minister Fergus O’Dowd from the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources at a ceremony in Dublin on Tuesday, June 19. He said: “All of today’s winners should be very proud of their significant achievement in winning this national title. To see so many talented tradespeople shows we have bright future in this country.”