Derry apprentice set to compete in ‘Olympic of Skills’

Brendan, who is a trainee at Errigal Training Academy, will travel to Bordeaux, France later this month to take part in the competition. WorldSkills competitions are the gold standard for skill excellence. They inspire young competitors to achieve new heights and help them turn their passion into a career.

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Brendan, who hails from Derry City, joined the Errigal Training Academy back in 2016 to complete his drywall training. After achieving success at local, regional and national WorldSkills competitions, Brendan was chosen to go ahead and compete in the WorldSkills Special Edition, which can only be described as the Skills Olympiad.

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The 2022 WorldSkills Special Edition Competition will see over 1000 participants from 58 countries and regions taking part in 62 competitions. Brendan will compete against Germany, Austria, Jamaica, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Korea, France, China, India, Hungary, Japan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the Plastering and Interior Systems competition.

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Derry apprentice Brendan Duddy, who will be taking part in the ‘Skills Olympiad’.

The 4-day competition consists of a freestanding construction, a freestyle piece and a feature wall. Planning, speed, accuracy and attention to detail are the crucial skills that will be put to the test as the 14 contestants compete for the gold. Brendan has been training hard at Errigal Training Academy for the past 18 months to prepare for this.

Colin McCaughey, WorldSkills Manager, said: “Brendan is fortunate to have the support of Errigal behind him. He was given every possible opportunity to prepare and train for this global event. He’s ready, he’s nervous too, but nerves are good and that will help him stay focused. Brendan has benefited from the extra years of training due to the pandemic which has put Brendan in a stronger position to compete. The majority of competitors do not have the level of employer support Brendan has received from Errigal. He is able to fully focus on his education and does not have to worry about finances with the continuous support of the company.”

Cormac McCloskey, MD of Errigal said: “We are very proud of Brendan and how far he has come. He entered the Errigal Apprenticeship at age 17, he worked hard and that hard work has gotten him to where he is today. Brendan has a positive attitude and outlook on life and he knows that hard work and dedication will always pay off. Having Brendan represent Errigal Training Academy, our industry and the entire country on a global stage is a recognition of all that Errigal Training Academy stands for. Brendan is already a winner in our eyes and we wish him every success in the coming weeks.”

The Errigal Training Academy offers drywall and interior design apprenticeships to young people across Ireland and the UK. Visit www.errigalcontracts.com or email for more information [email protected] to inquire about starting an apprenticeship.

Brendan will compete in the WorldSkills Plastering and Interior Systems competition.

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