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Joseph Conboy

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Irish Tax Institute

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If you are looking for a career that keeps you always challenged and interested, then you really should consider a career in tax! The fact that tax is constantly changing helps keep it interesting. Every year we have a new Budget/Finance Act which introduces new tax law that we have to get on top off. So it means we are constantly learning and need to be up to date with changes as quickly as possible – that’s what our clients expect of us.

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CIT Hosts Ireland Skills National Trades Competition

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CIT Hosts Ireland Skills National Trades Competition

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 

CIT Hosts Ireland Skills National Trades Competition

The IrelandSkills National Competition takes place this year from 8th – 10th December at CIT.

CIT is set to host the IrelandSkills National Competition. The 2016 competition, which will take place from 8th – 10th December 2015, will have competitions in nine skills areas.

Annual National Competitions have been organised by the Department of Education and held since 1956/57 with approximately 20,000 apprentices / technicians participating.

A number of this year's winners will go on to represent Ireland in the WorldSkills Competition which will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in October 2017.

Competitors who compete in the IrelandSkills competition are selected from their respective trade background, based on their competence and ability to complete test projects to the highest international standards, under pressure from fixed time schedules and a requirement for precise dimensions and controls.

CIT recommends that you visit the campus on Wednesday 9th December, as the projects will be at an advanced stage. 

Download the IrelandSkills 2016 Competition Booklet for details of the finanists in each category. 

The Annual IrelandSkills Competition is one of the most prestigious events in the crafts calendar. It attracts the best trainee crafts persons from around the country to compete for first place in Ireland and win the coveted Department of Education and Skills, Silver Medal in their respective skill areas. From the skills training perspective, the IrelandSkills National Competition provides a magnificent opportunity to showcase the relentless commitment to the training and development of highly skilled crafts persons within the Irish education system.

The skills being showcased at CIT, which will be held in their respective workshops on the Bishopstown Campus, are:

  • Automobile Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Plant Fitting
  • Electrical Installation
  • Industrial Control
  • Joinery
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Plasterwork
  • Plumbing

The IrelandSkills Competition is open to the public and visitors are welcome to view and savour the high levels of craftsmanship on display along with the tense competitive atmosphere. CIT recommends that you visit the campus on Wednesday 9th December, as the projects will be at an advanced stage.

For competition updates see

The winners will be presented with trophies at an award ceremony which will take place on Friday 11th December, 2015 in the Nexus Centre, CIT Bishopstown Campus.

Details information on Apprenticeships in Ireland available here.

Source: Cork Institute of Technology

The CareersPortal Team