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Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor attends National Career Skills Awards 2018

The ceremony was attended by students, their schools and families, as well as special guests

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, attends National Career Skills Awards 2018

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today attended the National Career Skills Competition Awards Ceremony, which took place in The Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin City Centre.

The competition, which is now in its 10th year is run by CareersPortal.ie and is sponsored by McDonald’s Ireland.  The competition aims to foster an awareness around the importance of Career Skills and how those key skills link with employability. 

The competition recognises students who research an occupation of their choosing during their Work Experience placement as either a TY, LCE, LCVP or LCA student at 2nd level school or as a Level 4 or Level 5 student at a college of Further Education and Training. Each student who took part in the competition was required to demonstrate their understanding of a chosen career, the educational pathways that lead to it, the most relevant Knowledge Requirements and the most important Career Skills needed to be successful in that career. The students were also required to explain which skills they had observed during their work experience and to explain how the skills they developed during their work experience has influenced their future career choices.

Research has shown while academic performance is important, it is careers skills that are a greater indicator of future career success. Students need to understand this as early as possible so that they can work on researching and developing these important career skills. 

The CareersPortal website provides information and resources for students and career seekers researching the world of work and the world of education so that they can make informed career decisions about which career or course of education best suits them.

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor congratulated the winners of the 2018 National Careers Skills competition across all categories, and commended the winners, both 2nd level students and adult learners on their ability to reflect so well on the career/employability skills which they had developed during their work experience.

 “Work Experience is so important, and these students have shown a great ability to reflect on this experience.  Work placements are the bridge between education and training and link students and employers, they help bring the world of work to life.

I am particularly pleased to see so many occupations with such diverse educational pathways explored, everything from ‘on the job training’, to traineeships and apprenticeships, including courses across the educational framework, starting at level 5 upwards.


Winning students with Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

About the National Career Skill Competition

This is a national competition with entries coming from all over the country. Separate categories and prizes are awarded to students from the Leaving Cert Established Programme (LCE), Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP), Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCA) and the Transition Year Programme. There is a special category for the best entries through the medium of Irish. For the Fourth year, the competition now includes Adult Learners in Further Education who are undertaking a Work Experience module as part of the course work for their QQI Level 4 and Level 5 Awards.

Each of the students in the winning categories won an Apple MacBook Air, with great prizes also for those in second and third place. The winning schools in the 2nd level categories came away with €1,000 for their school programmes.

Presentations were made at a ceremony at the Department of Education and Skills.

The CareersPortal Team

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