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Winners of the second level Generation Apprenticeship competition announced

Date added: 10 Jun 2020

Bennett Construction were delighted to be one of the main sponsors and judges on the Generation Apprenticeship Competition which was organised by SOLAS.  The competition asked entrants to build an A letter (based on the Generation Apprenticeship brand) from materials supplied that were previously destined for landfill. The competition was judged through a two-stage process. The first round of assesment was undertaken by respected Regional Skills Forum Managers Natasha Kinsella (Dublin), Ray Murphy (North East) and John Costello (Midlands). This generated a shortlist of 13 finalists which were then judged remotely by a team of high level industry leaders.

When assessing the work, the judges considered the design of each entry together with how well they elevated the idea of apprenticeship and their potential to positively influence business and society on tackling climate change and sustainability. Commenting on the extremely high standard of all of the shortlisted entries, the judges eventually chose Wicklow Youthreach as recipients of the €1500 top prize, with the Discovery Centre, Woodwork & Trades Team receiving the runner up prize of €750, and Bridgetown College and St. Nathy's College, Roscommon each receiving €500 for finishing joint third.

“Congratulations and thanks to the 156 teams who entered the competition and to all our judges for their time. Thanks too to the sponsors and Teaching Union Ireland (TUI) for all their invaluable support,” said Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive of SOLAS. “Providing students with the opportunity of engaging with top Irish construction companies has generated a unique set of insights around what they want from their future employers. It provided a unique platform for students to show employers that their understanding of a good job is measured by how good or bad it is for the planet. It is a powerful message which, if embraced, can help industry to develop more sustainably in the future.”

Competition winners Wicklow Youthreach used “A world in crisis” to capture the urgency of their message. Kevin Reid, KWETB Wicklow Youthreach said “We chose this theme for our Generation Apprenticeship project because we wanted to show how global warming is affecting the world. In our creation we used many different recyclable items and items that were destined for landfill. We hope this motivates people to think of how they can do the same. We are delighted to take first prize and believe it can lead to longer term and positive changes as we emerge from Covid-19 and into a new phase of recovery and growth for our economy and society.”

Ciaran Gormley Planning & Design Director of competition sponsor, Bennett (Construction) Ltd, said “We are going to need many talented people coming through all the various apprenticeship programmes in order to get Ireland back on its feet after COVID-19. The Generation Apprenticeship competition has been such a boost, seeing the creativity and skill of all these young people around the country and helping to raise awareness of the options available for training and career choices. We are delighted to have been involved and congratulations to all participants.”

To find out more about the Generation Apprenticeship competition go to www.gacomp.ie.

To find out more about apprenticeship, go to www.apprenticeship.ie.