The inaugural Generation Apprenticeship Employer of the Year awards were announced by Pat O'Doherty, Apprenticeship Council Chairman on 12 December

Two themes underpin the Employer of the Year awards, (i) tradition and (ii) innovation.

A single employer may have been nominated for both themes.

54 companies were nominated for an award in 2019. 5 awards are being made with reference to company size (micro; small and medium; large business categories).

Award winners

Micro business award winner

Micro business award winner

Paula Hobson from the Insurance Institute accepting the award on behalf of Aiken Insurances with Pat O'Doherty, CEO ESB and Apprenticeship Council Chairman.
Small business award winner

SME business award winner

Matthew Cahill, C-Mac Electrical, SME business winner pictured with Pat O'Doherty, CEO ESB and Apprenticeship Council Chairman. C-Mac Electrical are based Bailieboro, Co Cavan, and have 46 employees.

Small business award winner

SME business award winner

Ger Crowdle and Martin Stableton, CDS Architectural Metalworks, SME business winner pictured with Pat O'Doherty, CEO ESB and Apprenticeship Council Chairman.

Large business award winner

Large business award winner

Anthony Collins, Technical Apprentice Lead at J&J with Pat O'Doherty, CEO ESB and Apprenticeship Council Chairman. J&J Vision is based in Limerick City and have 980 employees.

Large business award winners

Large business award winner

Pat O'Doherty, CEO ESB and Apprenticeship Council Chairman, Brendan Kearns, Training Director, Designer Group, Winner Large Business category with Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director Skills Development, SOLAS. Designer Group are based in Dublin and have 1,100 employees.

Employer of the Year Award graphic

Nominations were assessed by an independent group which included members of the Apprenticeship Council. The assessment was carried out using the following three criteria:

  • 1. Evidence of employer contribution

    Evidence of the contribution of the employer under the guiding theme of tradition and/or innovation within their community (can be local, regional, and/or national) 40 marks

  • 2. Evidence of excellence

    Evidence of excellence in training and employment in providing apprenticeship training and employment of apprentices 40 marks

  • 3. Evidence of sharing

    Evidence of sharing of good practice on apprenticeship within their broad industry area 20 marks