GMIT hosting prestigious national carpentry competition

GMIT Letterfrack hosting national carpentry competition finals
Matilda Anderson in WSI Carpentry final at GMIT Letterfrack

GMIT Letterfrack is playing host to the national finals of a prestigious Cabinetmaking and Carpentry competition, where people are also fighting for a chance to go to Shanghai.

The finals of the WorldSkills Ireland National Competition 2021, which were delayed due to COVID-19 have been taking place at the Connemara campus this week, and are due to finish on Friday.

Six competitors are competing in both the Cabinetmaking and Carpentry finals and in the 2022 WorldSkills Selection process.

Due to the rescheduling of the finals, they also coincide with the Team Ireland Selection for the 2022 International Competition in Shanghai next October.

The competitions promote and showcase the emerging skill and talent of young students and apprentices working or studying within the wood and construction industries in Ireland.

The winners in each competition will be presented with a prestigious Silver Medal at an Award Ceremony in September.

GMIT Letterfrack students training for the National Skills competition

Along with success in the national competitions, GMIT students have consistently won Medallions for Excellence by representing Ireland in Cabinetmaking in the WorldSkills International Competitions held bi-annually.

Paul Leamy, Head of GMIT Letterfrack, said “We are delighted to collaborate with WorldSkills Ireland in hosting this event.”

“These competitions showcase the pinnacle of national talent in their respective categories and present the winners with the opportunity to compete on a world stage.”

“It is a fantastic testament to the commitment and skill of staff involved in preparing our students to compete with the best in the world.“