Six Donegal apprentices set to compete at Worldskills Ireland 2023 competition

SIX Donegal students and apprentices will put their talents and knowledge to the test this September, when they compete at Worldskills Ireland 2023.

The country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships, and careers event takes place at the RDS, Dublin from September 20, and is expected to welcome over 22,000 people.

Over 160 National Finalists will go head-to-head in a range of skills-based trades including automation, constructions skills and culinary arts, for a chance to win the prestigious Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) Silver Medal and to represent Ireland at Worldskills Lyon next year.


Nathan Wray from Doonan, is competing in the Carpentry competition, Martin Doherty from Cloghan, is competing in the Heavy Vehicle Maintenance competition, Oran Taylor, competing in Electrical Installation competition, Tyler Harkin from Convoy, is competing in the Plumbing and Heating competition, and Lee Davison from Buncrana, and Darren O’Donnell from Lisnennan are competing in the Welding competition.

Needed now more than ever, Worldskills Ireland 2023 will be a three-day celebration showing the multiplicity of skills training and apprenticeships on offer nationwide.

Alongside the competitions, there will be demonstrations, try out areas, inspiring real-live talks from industry experts, an opportunity to meet employers who are ready to recruit and the chance to view innovative digital tech skills that are the backbone of jobs of the future.

Designed to promote skills, apprenticeship careers and opportunities for young people, the event allows students, parents, teachers, and guidance counsellors to navigate the options available following secondary education. Registration for the event is now open at

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