Adam Long from Dunmore Road Waterford is the new national champion in ‘Digital Construction’ after winning the skill competition at the recent Worldskills Ireland National Finals held at the RDS Dublin in September.

Adam is a student at South East Technological University (SETU) and is in his final year of the BSc (Hons) in Architectural & BIM Technology programme.

Gordon Chisholm, lecturer in the department of Architecture and the Built Environment at SETU Waterford said “We are delighted for Adam to be crowned the new ‘Digital Construction’ national champion. Not only is this a great achievement for Adam and SETU but for the BSc (Hons) in Architectural & BIM Technology programme as well.”

Gordon goes on to explain that Digital Construction is the use of digital tools to design, deliver and manage the construction process. “The methodology has rapidly become the mainstay of the construction industry.”

The competition ran over three days testing the competitors skills and ability to perform under pressure to industry standards. The event was open to the public, free of charge and aimed primarily at second level students to visit and see over 30 skill areas across Automotive & heavy vehicle Technology, Construction, Creative arts, Hospitality & Tourism, Information & Communications Technology and Manufacturing & Engineering.

Over the three days, in excess of 16,000 young people, careers advisors, teachers and parents visited the event which has built upon the success of the inaugural live event in 2019.

Worldskills Ireland 2022 is a partnership between enterprise, industry, education, training and government that raises the profile and recognition of skills and apprenticeships and prepares the talent of today for the careers of the future.