Kerry team shares top award for giant A project

The Kerry Education Training Board apprentices, from left, Andrew Coneran, Enda Surlis, , Jonathan Byrne and Brian McMahon

A TEAM of Kerry Education Training Board apprentices has been recognised for their innovative problem solving skills at a national awards ceremony.

The 2019 Generation Apprenticeship Competition Awards event was organised by SOLAS – the National Further Education and Training Authority – and it took place in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road.

Plumbing and metal fabrication apprentices Andrew Coneran, Enda Surlis, Jonathan Byrne and Brian McMahon from Kerry ETB’s Monavalley campus shared the Problem Solving Award with Athlone Training Centre and Longford Westmeath ETB.  Limerick Clare ETB won the overall award.

The six-foot three-dimensional A letter submitted by the Kerry team

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 six-foot three-dimensional A letter – based on the Generation Apprenticeship brand – using the materials, equipment and tools of their industry. The entries are assessed by an independent team of judges.

The A made by the Kerry apprentices has a steel frame and the top left side depicts the Apprenticeship logo. The bottom section shows symbols of the various apprenticeships on offer and, at the rear, there are seven stainless steel polished steps representing seven phases of traditional apprenticeships.

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