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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.

Competition Brief

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

Conor Cregan and Mark Fitzgerald Designer Group

Teams of apprentices are now invited to use their skills to reproduce large scale 3D versions of the Generation Apprenticeship “A” Brand

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
Good luck – we look forward to seeing what you will build!

Short Entry Form

Download Entry Form [PDF 166kb]

Email to GAcompetition@Solas.ie

Download Entry brochure

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

May 2019

The winning entry is announced at an awards ceremony

Summer 2019

The 3D A is established as a permanent display