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Earning and learning for a brighter future: Students’ success at Worldskills Ireland
Winners of the competitions in the Hospitality and Tourism category announced
 Thursday 12th October 2023

Pictured: Worldskills Ireland 2023 Hospitality and Tourism competition winners, Kate Ryan, James Etherson and Alanna Moffitt, are pictured with Caroline Byrne and Sharon Balmaine, from Fáilte Ireland, category sponsor.

The three-day event showcased the rich opportunities available for students looking to pursue a career in a skills-based job across almost all sectors - from Hospitality and Tourism, Construction, Creative Arts, Information & Communication Technology, Automobile and Manufacturing and Engineering.

A key aspect of Worldskills Ireland 2023 was the skills competitions, where 160 students and apprentices went head-to-head to compete for the prestigious DFHERIS Silver medal, alongside the chance to represent Ireland at Worldskills Lyon in 2024.

The winners of the competitions included in the Hospitality and Tourism category, which was sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, are:

  • Cookery, sponsored by BWG Foods, IFSA, Chef Network and Corcorans Food Equipment: Alanna Moffitt, from Blacklion, County Cavan
  • Craft Butchery, sponsored by MSLETB and Craft Butchers: James Etherson, from Dublin
  • Restaurant Service, sponsored by Ashford Castle: Kate Ryan, from Cashel, County Tipperary

“We welcomed a record number of students through our doors this year and we hope that by showcasing the wealth of skills and apprenticeships that are available currently, that those young people will be inspired and empowered to take the first step in their careers.”

These are the words of Ray English, Chair of Worldskills Ireland 2023, who was speaking following this year’s event, which hosted 24,000 students from schools across the country, in the RDS, Simmonscourt, Dublin.

Ray adds: “What was once seen as a route solely for budding tradespeople, the apprenticeship programme in Ireland has changed beyond recognition over the past decade, with a growing number of school-leavers opting to go down this diverse and rewarding route. And this is what Worldskills Ireland is all about, showcasing the options and advantages for students who are looking for viable career options.”

Speaking about the competitions, Ricky O’Brien, Head of Foodservice at BWG Foods, said that this year’s standards were ‘extremely high.’

“I was truly amazed by the talent on display during this year’s Hospitality and Tourism competitions. Skills and apprenticeships are the life blood of the Hospitality and Tourism industries, and Ireland is known for being a world leader in this sector. However, if this is to continue and if our industry is to grow and develop, we need more skilled individuals with the knowledge necessary to ensure it progresses.

“We’re delighted to see so many young people with an interest in a career in Hospitality and Tourism; it’s an exciting, fast-paced and dynamic industry with so much to offer.”

As the country’s premier skills and apprenticeship event, Worldskills Ireland will return in 2024.

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