The 2019 competition is well underway

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.

Teams of apprentices are now invited 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 21 March 2019 to complete your build, with transport to venue from 22-24 March and exhibition opening 25 March.

A number of briefings/workshops to help you will be held over the coming weeks, with the first briefing taking place on the 30th November 2018.

Guidelines for the ‘A’ build

  • Dimensions

    The 3D A should have the following specifications - H180cm X W160cm x D80cm

  • Materials

    Entries may be constructed using a diverse range of diverse material from paper to metal, piping, electrical wiring, liquid, treated edible materials

  • Energy

    The entries may incorporate various forms of technology, software as well as electricity and other forms of energy as part of the structure

  • Colour

    The A can be any colour/combination of colours

  • Report

    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] and email to GAcompetition@Solas.ie

    The date to submit competition entry is 17:00 hrs Friday 16 November 2018

  • Phase 1 - Complete competition brief

    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 and January.

    Access to impartial expert advice on design and production

  • January - February 2019

    Workshop for all entrants, to support development of Phase 1 into Phase 2 and final entries. Access to impartial expert advice on design and production

  • Phase 2 - Competition entry completion

    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 2019

    All entries are on display at the designated venue, and judged by an independent panel

  • April 2019

    The winning entry is announced at an awards ceremony

  • Summer 2019

    The 3D A is established as a permanent display