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£2k of tools help student Brendan on road to Shanghai

28 April 2021
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Staff at NWRC Greystone were delighted to welcome back our former student Brendan Duddy, now a fully qualified dryliner with Errigal.

Brendan, who won the gold medal in Dry-Lining at the Live UK Worlds Skills Finals in Birmingham and will go on to represent the UK at the World Finals in Shanghai in 2022, after they were postponed because of Covid-19.

Recently Brendan returned to Greystone where he was presented with £2000 worth of tools from the college to help his preparation and training for the WS competition in Shanghai.

The tools were presented by David McCay, who trained Declan to get into the WS Squad and Barry McDaid, NWRC Lecturer.

Brendan said his Apprenticeship has given him the opportunity to work all around the UK, in Manchester, Liverpool, and Belfast, learning his trade.

The 21-year-old from Bishop Street enrolled for an Apprenticeship at NWRC after he completed his A-Levels at St Joseph’s Boys School.

He explained: “I knew 100% that I wanted to get a trade. At University I could spend years of my life studying to work in an oversubscribed area, so when I saw the apprenticeship opportunity with NWRC and Errigal Contracts, I knew it was for me.”

He’s now looking forward to the Skills Olympics in 2021 when he’ll go head-to-head with the world’s best.

“When I won gold I was shocked and I’m delighted to now be going on to compete in Shanghai,” he said.

“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities that studying with NWRC and working with Errigal has given me and I’d encourage more young people my age to give it a go. I’m now working full-time with Errigal and it’s been great!”

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