The judges and Mary-Liz Trant

Winners of the ESB and CIF sponsored Generation Apprenticeship Elevator Pitch announced

  • Team from Shannon Training Campus wins €1,500 first prize
  • Teams from CDS Kilkenny and Carrick-on-Shannon-based King and Moffat receive commendations

The Elevator Pitch, a new addition to the Generation Apprenticeship competition was held at the RDS, Simmonscourt in front of an experienced judging panel comprising:

In the high energy event, nine teams took to the stage to showcase their core apprenticeship skills of leadership, teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, skills which ensure that apprenticeship is future-proofed for Ireland now and in the future.

The winning team (shown left to right below) Thomas Murphy (Plumbing Apprentice)Laura Hanrahan (Electrical Apprentice); Ross Bruton (Aviation Apprentice) and Ellen Cummins (Aviation Apprentice) challenged employers, schools, parents to rethink their views on apprenticeship.

Generation Apprenticeship team from Shannon Training Campus

Ross Bruton said “We challenge the stereotypical ideas surrounding apprenticeship and in particular the gender myth of apprenticeship being dominantly male and that those choosing the apprenticeship route do not have the qualifications to attend university”

“We have given our entry in this year’s Generation Apprenticeship competition the name: ‘Mundi Genus’ which is a latin term meaning ‘world class’,” said Laura Hanrahan “We are privileged to be trained by world experienced professionals in a world class setting.”

“In Ireland, apprenticeship is already a first choice for over 15,000 people of all ages and backgrounds, career changers as well as school leavers completing their chosen award.” said Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director for Skills Development at SOLAS. “The Elevator Pitch from the team at Shannon Training  Campus showed how participation in apprenticeship is shifting to include scope for people of all ages and backgrounds. Ongoing curriculum reform in craft apprenticeships is diversifying high-quality career options across the Engineering, Electrical, Construction and Motor industries. Apprenticeship is meeting the needs of new and modern types of jobs such as Data Analyst, Aviation Engineer, Software Developer, Chefs and many more. Highly paid roles across Insurance, Logistics, Auctioneering and International Financial Services are just a few of the new careers accessible through apprenticeship today. Apprenticeship offers a huge range of opportunities for anyone who wants to continue learning, at any stage of life.”