Kerry trio representing Ireland in Abu Dhabi
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.