Congratulations to Deirdre O’Byrne, St Pauls Community College, who successfully secured an Electrical Instrumentation apprenticeship with Ball Corporation, through Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board female scholarship initiative.

Ball Corporation Waterford manufacture the ends of beverage cans (around 10 billion each year) to fit customer specifications. According to Darren Longworth, HR Manager at Ball Corporation. 

“Diversity and inclusion are of paramount importance to us in the plant. We pride ourselves on our welcoming atmosphere and our colleague camaraderie. Our employer brand is consistently evolving to create a workplace that is open to anyone who has the desire and aptitude to work for us, regardless of their gender, background, ethnicity etc.

Deirdre works in our Electrical Engineering department and is already an integral part of the team”.

Deirdre chose an apprenticeship because she enjoys learning by doing. “When I first learned that I could get a qualification in the Engineering sector by a mixture of on the job ‘hands on’ learning, college and training in the classroom, I realised that apprenticeship was in my case the perfect choice.

When I was in transition year of school, I decided that I had an interest in Engineering, so 
I went on to do a year of common entry Engineering course in college after my Leaving Cert. I really enjoyed electrical, so when I got this great opportunity to do an apprenticeship in Electrical Instrumentation, I was so excited and went for it straight away.

I first filled out an application and was then interviewed by the WWETB female scholarship Senior Training Advisor. Once I had successfully passed this stage, WWETB  Services to Business unit were so helpful with providing me with interview and CV preparation training and also  by connecting me with Ball Corporation for an interview.

To women who are thinking about a future career in STEM, I would say that there are a lot of opportunities and help there and I think that it is a great career path so don’t be afraid as we can do what we want with our futures.” 

For more information on the 2022 WWETB Female Scholarship please contact the Services to Business unit by email on