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Limerick Youth Service Win Big at International ABST Annual Conference

ABST Annual Conference – Pictured (L-R) are Limerick Youth Service trainees Shane Boylan, Tameka Bell (on behalf of Ruby Schlictenberger) & Shane Thompson with Sarah Autton, ABST. LYS won first, second & third place in the BSB category.

Limerick Youth Service Win Big at International ABST Annual Conference

Bakery trainees from Limerick Youth Service (LYS) enjoyed great success at the recent Alliance of Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) Annual Conference held in Alton Towers, England. The young people, who are trainees with LYS’ famous Bakery Skills Course, joined their peers from across the globe at what is one of the most prestigious events in the baking industry.

The ABST Conference sees students, trainees and leading baking professionals take part in competitions, attend lectures and workshops while also having lots of fun at the famed British theme park (after the competitions of course!).

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Limerick Youth Service bakery trainees display their award winning talent.

And the results were… There was a clean sweep for LYS in the BSB Trophy with Shane Boylan, Ruby Schlictenberger and Shane Thompson taking first, second and third spot on the podium.

In the prestigious President’s Cup, Liz Byrnes and Shane Boylan finished second and third respectively with Shane taking first place in the Masters Cup winning the Coburg class. Jennifer McAllister was crowned overall winner in the Harvester Class while she finished runner up in the Harvester Rolls Class with classmate Shane Boylan taking the bronze medal.

There was more success for LYS in the Harvester Loaf Class with Shane Thompson and Shane Boylan taking the silver and bronze medals. “Simply unbelievable” were the words of LYS’ Paul O’Brien as he reflected on another very successful weekend at the ABST Conference. “The trainees should be extremely proud of themselves as they represented their families, friends and LYS with pride”, said Paul, Baking Instructor.

Paul added, “They went above and beyond in preparing for this year’s competitions and deserve all the success they achieved”, Paul was very proud and thanked his colleagues for all their support.

Supported by Limerick and Clare Education & Training Board, the Bakery Skills Course is an FDQ accredited QQI Level 4 project that is based at LYS’ Community Training Centre, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick City.

A member of Youth Work Ireland said, “LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.”

For further information contact Dermot Troy, Youth Information and Communications Coordinator, Limerick Youth Service on 061-412444/083-1726898 or email [email protected]

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