A team of 41 apprentices and staff of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Further Education and Training Centre, Shannon Campus, have been confirmed as joint winners of the 2019 Generation Apprenticeship Competition.
The event organised by SOLAS, the national further education and training authority, took place in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel Burlington Road. The Shannon Campus shared the top prize with CDS Architectural Metalwork.
Commenting following the announcement of the winners last night in Dublin, George O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, said: “The Generation Apprenticeship competition celebrates the best teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem-solving skills of Ireland’s apprentices. I am delighted for the team in Shannon on this magnificent achievement. It is made all the more special with the centre also marking fifty years of world class training in 2019.”
The Chief Executive was joined at the awards by Paul Patton, Director of Further Education and Training. He also congratulated the Shannon team saying: “Well done to the management, instructors and apprentices on this magnificent achievement. The standard was especially high in this year’s competition, which makes this win all the more exceptional.”
The competition challenged apprentices to construct a three-dimensional letter ‘A’ using materials and skills that are core to their industry. The competition aims to highlight the importance and value of apprenticeships as a route to skills development in 21st Century Ireland. The Shannon Campus was one of nine finalists competing for this year’s prize.
The team included four Electrical apprentices, twelve Metal Fabrication apprentices, fourteen Toolmaking apprentices, five Aviation apprentices, two Refrigeration apprentices, three Carpentry apprentices and one Plumbing apprentice.