Kieran and Bill set their sights on Russia

Apprentice Bill O’Connell with Charlie McCarthy, Managing Director
Engineering, and Robbie Kennedy, Senior Apprentice Training Instructor

TWO apprentices from the Liebherr Container Cranes plant in Killarney are competing in the National Skills competition finals in the RDS, Dublin this week.

The event showcases over 20 varied skills and trades in a competitive setting with the winners in each event getting the opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Skills Olympics in Russia.

Kieran O’Halloran, a third year metal fabrication, from Ballyheigue, will complete in the final and Bill O’Connell, a fourth year mechanical automation and maintenance fitter apprentice, from Scartaglen, will also compete in his category final.

Both Kieran and Bill have already competed successfully in preliminary regional competitions to progress to the national final of the competition which is open to skilled young people under the age of 23 across construction, engineering and transport disciplines.

Apprenticeships at Liebherr are a mixture of practical and theoretical learning and training and the scheme has always been of vital importance to the firm.

Over 1,000 apprentices to date have learnt a trade at Liebherr in Killarney, with many of them spending the entirety of their careers at the factory. An apprenticeship at Liebherr gives an excellent grounding in manufacturing and engineering and former apprentices are employed today in a large variety of roles within the organisation.

Liebherr Ireland was founded in Killarney in 1958 and since 1972 it has traded as Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, specializing in the production of container handling cranes. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ship-to-shore cranes, rail-mounted gantry cranes and rubber tyre gantry cranes.

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