Ireland Skills Competition



This year’s Ireland Skills Competition was hosted by Cork Institute of Technology between 7th and 10th December 2015.

Jones Engineering Group was well represented with three competitors taking part in two separate disciplines.

Gary Conroy took part in the Electrical Installation section while Peter Whittle and Aaron Cassells took part in the Plumbing section.


Gary Conroy


Peter Whittle and Aaron Cassells

The projects they had to complete were a real test of their skills and endurance and this could be seen by the fact that none of the six competitors in the Plumbing section were able to totally finish the scope within the allotted twenty hours.


Aaron Cassells, Plumbing Project


Peter Whittle, Winning Plumbing Project


Gary Conroy, Electrical Project

The judges took 24 hours to assess all the jobs and decide the results of the competition.

In the Nexus Hall in CIT the following day, a host of dignitaries were present to speak in praise of all the competitors and their achievements.

Lord Mayors of the city and county of Cork, chairman of the Ireland skills competition, President of CITA and Minister of State at the Department of Health (Kathleen Lynch TD) formed the presentation committee.

Prizes were awarded to the winning apprentice in each of the nine trades hosted in Cork.

  1. Automobile Technology
  2. Carpentry
  3. Construction Plant Fitting
  4. Electrical Installation
  5. Industrial Control
  6. Joinery
  7. Metal Fabrication
  8. Plasterwork
  9. Plumbing



Peter Whittle presented with the perpetual trophy

Peter Whittle was announced as this year’s winner of the Plumbing section and was awarded the perpetual trophy and crystal plaque.



Peter Whittle with the winners from each trade

Peter will also receive the silver medal from the Department of Education at a later ceremony to honor this achievement.

Peter continues the success of Jones Engineering at producing winners of the National Skills competition.

The United Arab Emirates was awarded the right to host the 44th WorldSkills Competition at the WorldSkills General Assembly. They will be the first country in the Middle East to host a WorldSkills Competition.

Our next target will be to get competitors prepared for the 44th World Skills competition in Abu Dhabi in October 2017.


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