The 2019 Generation Apprenticeship competition challenges apprentices to construct a three dimensional letter A using craft and other materials. The competition aims to highlight the importance and value of apprenticeships as a route to skills development in 21st century Ireland.
What is the competition about?
Now in its second year, the Generation Apprenticeship competition celebrates the best teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem-solving skills of Ireland’s apprentices.
The competition challenges teams of apprentices around the country to design and produce a 6-foot, 3-dimensional A letter (based on the Generation Apprenticeship brand) using the materials/equipment/tools of their industry.
The entries will be assessed by an independent team of judges. The finalists will be showcased at a high profile exhibition and the winning entries announced as part of a glittering awards ceremony.
Conor Cregan and Mark Fitzgerald Designer Group
What do I need to know and how can I or my team of apprentices take part?
The competition is open to ALL current apprentices, both on/off the job
It is FREE to enter
We have developed some guidelines to help you build your ‘A’ – have a look at the brief below
The key success criteria for entries is building something which demonstrates teamwork, creativity and problem-solving
The cost of materials and development will be covered by supporting providers and / or employers.
All you need to do now is to come up with an idea, register your interest to enter by: 17:00hrs Friday 16 November 2018 by completing the short competition entry form below and email to GAcompetition@solas.ie.
You will have until the 15 March 2019 to complete your build.
A number of briefings/workshops to help you will held over the coming weeks, with the first briefing taking place on the 30th November 2018.
Guidelines for the ‘A’ build
- The 3D A should have the following specifications - H180cm X W160cm x D80cm
- Entries may be constructed using a diverse range of diverse material from paper to metal, piping, electrical wiring, liquid, treated edible materials
- The entries may incorporate various forms of technology, software as well as electricity and other forms of energy as part of the structure
- The A can be any colour/combination of colours
- Each entry must be supported by a short report on its design and creation; this report may be presented in a visual, audio or written format
- All of the above and more can be incorporated into what you build - the guidelines are here to help you get started
Short Entry Form
Download Entry Form [PDF 166kb]
Email to GAcompetition@Solas.ie
The date to submit competition entry is 17:00 hrs Friday 16 November 2018
Phase 1 - Complete the competition brief template
Core information on idea/vision, contribution to Ireland's apprenticeship ambition, 2D outline, materials to be used, description of finished work, process for development and creation
Template to be emailed to GAcompetition@Solas.ie
November - January
Briefings/Workshop for all entrants, to support development of Phase 1 into Phase 2 and final entries, will be held between November – January
Access to impartial expert advice on design and production
Phase 2 - Completion of the competition entry
Sculpture/artefact developed by apprentice team Design/production support. Each entry must be supported by a short report on its design and creation; this report may be presented in a visual, audio or written format.
March - April 2019
All entries are on display at the designated venue, and judged by an independent panel
The winning entry is announced at an awards ceremony
The 3D A is established as a permanent display