The Causeway agricultural equipment and technology company Dairymaster has announced the introduction of its apprenticeship programme for 2019. The courses have been developed to provide trainees with the skills to fill positions in the mechanical automation and maintenance fitting, the electrical, toolmaking and refrigeration and the air conditioning sections at the global headquarters in North Kerry.
The Director of Operations at Dairymaster, John Harty, explained that “we recognise the value that apprenticeships can bring and with the strong focus on learning new skills and development, we feel it is something that can contribute greatly to the continued success of our business. The great thing about apprenticeships is it gives individuals the opportunity to have hands-on experience in a supportive work environment and they put the skills they learn into practice while getting paid at the same time.”
The Irish team to take part in the WorldSkills Competition in Russia set off on Monday evening for the contests in a variety of disciplines which will commence on Thursday and continue until the following Tuesday.
The Irish team of 17 is drawn from apprentices, trainees and students from 14 counties, among them Allanah O’Sullivan from Lixnaw who will be contesting the Beauty Therapy competition. The Irish will be fighting for titles in what is often referred to as ‘the Skills Olympics’ in aircraft maintenance, industrial millwrighting, electrical installation and building information modelling in addition to the more familiar skills in the construction and hospitality areas.
“Allanah won the National Skills Competition back in March and she has been mentored by my Kerry ETB colleague Tara O’Sullivan intensively since that to prepare her for the WorldSkills,” Ioseph Nestor, a Programme Co-ordinator at the training centre at Monavalley, Tralee, said.