Worldskills Selects Finalists

Ahead of Worldskills Ireland 2023, 160 students and apprentices from across Ireland have been named as competition finalists who will compete on the national stage during the three-day event in September, over 20 of whom will be competing in Hospitality and Tourism based competitions.  

Taking place at the RDS, Dublin, from 20th – 22nd September, 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 prestigious 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’m hopeful that competing at Worldskills Ireland 2023 will provide the perfect launch for my career and will enable my expertise to flourish.”

Supported by industry partners SISK, Construction Industry Federation, ESB Networks, Autodesk, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus and education partners including the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), SOLAS and National Apprenticeship Office (NAO), Worldskills Ireland 2023 is designed to give students a chance to discover the key skills and sectors that drive the Irish economy.

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.”

For further information on Worldskills Ireland 2023, visit The Finals Day is set to take place on Friday 22nd September and is a day not to be missed. Register here to visit for free.