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Galway apprentice reaches finals of Ireland Skills Live


Matthew Shevlin, apprentice technician at Murphy Commercials Galway has successfully reached the final stage of the Ireland Skills Live National Competition, which takes place at the RDS Simmonscourt Arena, Dublin from March 21-23.

Matthew Shevlin

Launched in October last year, the Ireland Skills National Competition Live promotes skills in apprenticeship, traineeship and graduate courses through a competition linked to World Skills International standards. Competitors are selected based on their ability to complete test projects under time pressure.

21 year old Shevlin has been at Murphy Commercials Galway for three years and is currently in phase five of seven of his apprenticeship. After qualifying for the preliminary round based on results from his phase four examinations, Shevlin finished in one of the top three qualifying spots for the finals.

Des Murphy, owner and founder of the dealership said: “Matthew is a very good worker and is always eager to better himself as a technician. His exams results have been excellent and we are delighted with his progress in the competition to date. It is a great achievement for someone to qualify for the finals after just completing phase four of their training so we are very happy with his progress. It is a great experience for Matthew and all of the team at Murphy Commercials wish him the very best of luck.”

The winner of the Ireland Skills National Competition 2019 will progress to represent Ireland at the World Skills competition in Russia this August.