Kerry trio rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land in Abu Dhabi

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

KERRY Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board (ETB) is send­ing its best wishes to four Kerry peo­ple who flew out to Abu Dhabi this week to par­tic­i­pate in WorldSkills 2017.

WorldSkills is a unique global event that takes place ev­ery two years with young peo­ple from across the world com­pet­ing to be­come the best of the best at their cho­sen skill.

Es­sen­tially it is the Olympics for those in­volved in Ap­pren­tice­ships and Trainee­ships.

Kerry ap­pren­tices, Gavin Lyne and Gary Hor­gan and trainee Ciara Daly, will rep­re­sent Ire­land at the 44th WorldSkills, in the ar­eas of Au­to­mo­bile Tech­nol­ogy, Heavy Ve­hi­cle Me­chan­ics and Beauty Ther­apy, com­pet­ing against con­tenders from 68 other coun­tries.

Mean­while Kerry ETB Beauty Ther­apy In­struc­tor Tara O’Hal­lo­ran is trav­el­ling with the group as she is one of the ex­am­in­ers for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Hav­ing com­peted against their Ir­ish peers at the National Skills Com­pe­ti­tion Fi­nals held in De­cem­ber 2016, Gavin, Gary and Ciara are among the 14 young peo­ple – all un­der the age of 25 – who will com­prise Team Ire­land in Abu Dhabi.

Gavin Lyne from Agha­doe in Kil­lar­ney is a Mo­tor Me­chanic Ap­pren­tice, em­ployed by Ah­ern’s Garage Castleis­land.

He com­pleted his Ap­pren­tice­ship at the Kerry ETB Train­ing Cen­tre in Mon­aval­ley, Tralee, where his father, James Lyne, is the course In­struc­tor.

Gavin went on to com­pete in the National Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards dur­ing phase four of his ap­pren­tice­ship.

At the fi­nal stage Gavin had to beat off com­pe­ti­tion from Ap­pren­tices at phase six level to win a place on Team Ire­land.

In re­cent weeks he has been un­der­go­ing fur­ther train­ing in Water­ford, Dublin and Dun­dalk to pre­pare, work­ing on Nis­san, Hyundai, Mercedes, BMW and OPEL en­gines. Gavin will start the com­pe­ti­tion on Oc­to­ber 14, his 21st birth­day.

Ciara Daly, a 19 year old from Lis­towel, is the Ir­ish Beauty Ther­apy com­peti­tor at World Skills.

She be­gan study­ing Beauty Ther­apy in Kerry ETB Train­ing Cen­tre a year ago, where she gained a num­ber of I rish and in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, to in­clude Beauty, Body and Com­ple­men­tary Ther­a­pies.

Ciara com­pleted an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme at the Kerry ETB Train­ing Cen­tre cov­er­ing Hand Su­gar­ing Tech­niques, Fan­tasy Makeup and Nails, Ad­vanced Fa­cial Tech­niques, Spa Body Treat­ments and Eyelash Ex­ten­sions, un­der the guid­ance of Tara O’ Hal­lo­ran Cronin, who is the Kerry ETB Beauty Ther­apy Trainee­ship In­struc­tor and also one of the WoldSkills Ex­am­in­ers, trav­el­ling to Abu Dhabi.

Ciara has pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented Kerry, win­ing the National Skills Com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2017. She then went on to rep­re­sent Ire­land in the China In­ter­na­tional Skills Com­pe­ti­tion in May 2017. She won a Bronze Medal for Ire­alnd in Beauty Ther­apy.

“I feel ex­tremely proud and priv­i­leged to rep­re­sent Ire­land. Be­ing an am­bas­sador for Beauty Ther­apy for Ire­land is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity, an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence - a jour­ney I will never forget”, Ciara said.

Gary Hor­gan from Shana­fona, Knock­nagoshal, is the third com­peti­tor.

He is a Heavy Ve­hi­cle Main­te­nance Ap­pren­tice and is em­ployed by his par­ents Mike and Breda Hor­gan in the fam­ily busi­ness MH Truck Cen­tre Ltd.

Grow­ing up in the busi­ness led to Gary’s ini­tial in­ter­est which de­vel­oped into a pas­sion for hot rod driv­ing in Kil­flynn as a teenager, but leav­ing enough time to play hurl­ing for Duagh.

Gary, who is 22 years, did his Ap­pren­tice­ship at the ETB Train­ing Cen­tres in Tal­laght, DIT and Athlone IT.

“I want to wish the other two Kerry com­peti­tors and all of Team Ire­land, the very best of luck”, said Breda, Gary’s mother.

“He has been gone from home for over three months get­ting train­ing from his Bolton St lec­turer Tom Mur­phy who gave his own time over the sum­mer to make sure Gary was ready for the com­pe­ti­tion,” said Breda.

“All the Team Ire­land com­peti­tors had to get their fit­ness lev­els up for the gru­elling com­pe­ti­tion ahead and were put through their paces in a boot camp over the sum­mer to be able to with­stand the heat lev­els in Abu Dhabi. They met with the Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar and the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Richard Bru­ton two weeks ago. So it’s been a busy time”, Breda said.

The group flew out to Abu Dhabi on Tues­day and they are due back in Ire­land on Oc­to­ber 20.

Gary Hor­gan, Knock­nagoshel; Ciara Daly, Lis­towel and Gavin Lyne, Kil­lar­ney who are on the Ir­ish team at the Worldskills com­pe­ti­tion.

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