Hospitality to Shine at Worldskills

Organisations and companies from the Irish hospitality and tourism industry are strong supporters of Worldskills, the international skills and training show which takes place at the RDS Dublin from 20th to 22nd September.

Failte Ireland, Chef Network, the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA) and Ashford Castle are among the sponsors and supporters, while colleges offering courses related to the industry are also on board.

An elite group of 20 young people will be among 160 students and apprentices from across Ireland named as competition finalists who will compete on the national stage during the three-day event. They will compete in hospitality and tourism based competitions.

Worldskills Ireland 2023 is designed to promote skills, apprenticeship careers and opportunities for young people and is set to welcome over 22,000 people including students, parents and teachers.

A unique partnership between government, education and industry, 2023 marks the third year of Ireland’s premier national skills event. Showcasing an array of industries including construction, creative arts, hospitality and tourism, ICT, automotive, and manufacturing and engineering, the finalists will go head-to-head in their respective categories for a chance to win the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) Silver Medal, alongside an opportunity to represent Ireland at Worldskills Lyon, France, next year.

Hospitality and tourism categories will include restaurant service, cookery and craft butchery.

“Having a career in the hotel and tourism sector has been a goal of mine for a number of years,” explained Kate Ryan, a competitor in the restaurant service competition. 

“I am hopeful that competing at Worldskills Ireland 2023 will provide the perfect launch for my career and will enable my expertise to flourish. Not only will I have the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills by working in a pressurised environment, I will also be able to make contacts for life and learn more about what a career in the industry has to offer, which is invaluable as I start out on my journey.”

Sharon Balmaine, Head of Tourism Careers at Fáilte Ireland adds: 

“Tourism is a dynamic and exciting industry offering endless opportunities for young people to build a successful and rewarding career. From front-line roles to behind-the-scenes operations, the breadth and diversity of roles within the sector are vast, and the skills gained are transferable across many industries.

“With an ever-growing demand for tourism experiences, there has never been a better time for young people to consider a career in this vibrant industry. That’s why a show like Worldskills Ireland is so important, it provides a huge opportunity for students to interact and meet with those working within the tourism sector, and learn about the many great career paths within this exciting industry. We look forward to welcoming students, teachers and parents to our stand across the three-days.”

The Finals Day is set to take place at Worldskills Ireland 2023 on Friday 22nd September and is a day not to be missed.  Register to visit for free now at: