Carnew sheetmetal worker Marcus is ‘Best in Ireland’
DORAN OF TOMBRACK WINS APPRENTICE AWARD
A SKILLED apprentice from Carnew has been crowned Best in Ireland at sheetmetal work in the Ireland Skills National Competition.
Marcus Doran of Tomacork, Carnew, recently returned home triumphant to his place of work, Iron Crafts Ltd, Stainless Steel Fabricators on Carnew's Main Street, with his national awards for Sheetmetal Work in tow.
Marcus, a former pupil of Colaiste Bhride Carnew, has been a Fas registered apprentice since early 2009 with Iron Crafts, whose main area of work is the manufacture of goods for the catering trade.
‘Our workshop practise is to have our apprentices become skilled at each stage of the manufacturing process, from reading initial drawings, through assembly and welding of items, to cleaning and polishing of the finished goods,' said Tony Flood of Carnew Iron-crafts.
‘We realised early on that Marcus has a real aptitude for this work and we were delighted to learn that he was being put for- ward for the Ireland Skills National Competition 2012, organised by DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) and gave him every encouragement to go for it,' he added.
The competition involves apprentices from various trades, who are ' top of their class' competing over three days to be deemed the Best in Ireland in their specific skill area. ' To be a participant in this competition is an achievement in itself as very high standards are expected of the competitors,' said Tony.
There were five apprentices competing in the Sheetmetal Work section, including two guest competitors from the UK, and Marcus won this section outright, claiming two beautiful trophies as well as a participation certificate and plaque at the award ceremony in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin.
He will also receive the Department of Education and Skills Silver Medal Award and it's now possible he will be selected to represent Ireland at the 42nd WorldSkills competition which will take place during 2013 in Leipzig in Germany.
‘As his employers, we at Carnew Iron Crafts are extremely proud of Marcus, we are delighted for him and congratulate him on his wonderful achievement,' said Tony.
Marcus Doran, Ireland Skills national competition overall winner 2013 in Sheetmetal Work at Carnew Iron Crafts Ltd.