– Generation Apprenticeship competition finalists find a novel way of showcasing their skills and boosting national morale.
Schools, Youthreach and community training centre finalists in the 2020 Generation Apprenticeship competition have been honouring businesses around the country who are stepping up to keep our community safe. Those nominated as local heroes include retail workers, mams and dads, emergency services, health and care workers.
One of the 2020 Generation Apprenticeship finalists, Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir, are celebrating construction personnel and tradespeople who are working on the front line all over Ireland during the #COVID19 crisis, awarding them their ‘A’ grade.
Organised by Solas, the competition asked entrants to create an ‘A’ letter (based on the Generation Apprenticeship brand) from materials supplied that were previously destined for landfill.
“The competition is in its final stages, and we have finalists who have created brilliant work,” said Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive of Solas. “Students were asked how they could combine future careers and their role in society with a commitment to green values and sustainable futures. We were due to have an awards ceremony at the end of last month, but like many other events, it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.”
As a way of keeping students engaged and motivated in their wider studies, the competition promoters invited the finalists to think about how their competition entries which are in the form of a 3D letter A installations could be used to celebrate what the people of this country are doing to keep each other safe.
“In a way, we are asking them to ‘mark the homework’ and to choose unsung professions around the country who they think deserve an A grade, said Andrew Brownlee. “There are huge sacrifices being made, by our health workers, and in different and important ways by many others, some of who find themselves facing economic uncertainty but who are still providing valuable societal support. Each one makes up an important part of our defence lines in this fight against the coronavirus. Staying apart is necessary, but these inspirational choices show why we are never far from someone who will support us.”
The finalists have all inputted into short videos to explain their A grade choices. They can be accessed at www.gacomp.ie/localheroes
Now in its third year, the Generation Apprenticeship competition included post-primary schools, Community Training and Youthreach centres for the first time in 2020.
The competition is organised by Solas and sponsored by Bennett Construction, Jones Engineering, PJ Hegarty & Sons, John Paul Construction, Suir Engineering, Roadbridge, Walls Construction and Winthrop.