Tipperary apprentices are among nine finalists from the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board that are part of an innovative national competition celebrating design, team-work and problem-solving skills.
The competition, which is part of the Generation Apprenticeship campaign, involves teams of apprentices creating six foot, three dimensional A letters using a diverse range of design skills by 6th April.
The Limerick team are all busy preparing for the competition in the Hospitality Education Training Campus, Limerick. The team and their employers include Cahir House Hotel’s Rasa Dirveliene and Marilena Gherbezan from Prime 74 in Tipperary town.
Entries in the competition use materials and techniques to design and construct the three dimensional As including a range of moving parts, electronics, wood, metal, stone, piping, water and electrical circuits. In the commis chef apprentices’ entry, they reflect on the colour and magic of their chosen careers. Each team is recording video diaries of their work and posting updates on their progress via social media.
The entries will be exhibited in the arts garden and interior of the National College of Ireland and will be open to viewing by the public from 9th-30th April. A gala awards ceremony will be held at the end of the exhibition to announce the winning entry, which will become a permanent installation.
The competition aims to highlight the importance and value of apprenticeships as a route to skills development in 21st century Ireland. It will also highlight the strong tradition of craft-based apprenticeships and the new industries in which apprenticeships are now available, including advanced manufacturing, engineering, finance and hospitality.
In addition to receiving support from the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS, the competition is being sponsored by ESB and the Construction Industry Federation. An independent judging panel will select the winning entry with reference to the competition criteria of design skills, teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving.