Overview of four competition phases October 2019 –March 2020, exhibition and awards ceremony
Phase 1 - October-November 2019
Apprentice teams are formed and they complete their competition brief which includes core information on their idea/vision, contribution to Ireland's apprenticeship ambition and sustainability goals, 2D outline, materials to be used, description of finished work, process for development and creation. A helpful template for the competition brief is provided by SOLAS to each team.
Each team emails the competition brief to GAcompetition@solas.ie by Friday 15 November 2019.
Phase 2 - November 2019 - February 2020
Workshops are held with competition entrants, providing impartial expert advice on design and production and supporting development of each A sculpture. Teams plan their approach to sourcing materials, work on their entries and share updates of their progress via their social media networks.
Phase 3 - Monday 16 March 2020 Competition entry completed
Completed A sculpture, developed by the apprentice team. Each sculpture is accompanied by a short report on its design and creation, presented in a visual, audio or written format.
Phase 4 - Elevator pitch at Ireland Skills Live end March 2020
A high energy event as part of Ireland Skills Live. The finalist teams go to the core of their work and explain how the alchemy created by teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem-solving gives a future-proofed dimension to skills development in Ireland today. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams.
March - April 2020
Competition entries are on display at the designated venue, and are judged by an independent panel.
The winning entries (Category 1 and Category 2) are announced at a glittering awards ceremony.