Organised by SOLAS and based on the Generation Apprenticeship brand, the competition asked entrants to create a 3D letter A installation that could be used to celebrate what the people of this country are doing to keep each other safe. They would create their ‘A’ from materials supplied that were previously destined for landfill.
The themes explored by the students are expansive and they are worth sharing as part of the
UN World Environment Day 2020.
“We wanted to combine the interest of students on issues of sustainability and the desire of companies to understand the next generation of talent said Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive of SOLAS. The Generation Apprenticeship Schools competition was conceived with this objective
in mind and to help accelerate awareness of the expansion of apprenticeship and the future careers now available via this route.
Bridgetown College asked people to ‘be part of the solution not part of the pollution’ and examined the link between waste going into oceans and the impact on animals’ natural habitats. In support of their ‘jobs need to be environmentally friendly’ message, they recommended that construction companies in Ireland use renewable sources of electricity, plant trees near building sites and develop an energy efficiency in buildings workforce.
The Discovery Centre Hair and Beauty team created Agatha Thunberg, the older, funkier sibling of Global warming activist, Greta. Agatha loves Hair and Beauty but also cares about the planet and wants to help save it, just like Greta, but through the hair and beauty industry. Salons all over the world contribute to large amounts of plastic and toxic waste to the environment. The beauty industry relies on plastic; shampoo; conditioner and other products are often packaged in plastic that are non-biodegradable. According to team member Saffron Kelly ‘Traditional cosmetics and
toiletries do the most damage to the environment once they are washed down our sinks’. There are many ways in which the beauty industry can respond and we are asking people to check if their favourite brands are taking the necessary steps like using recycled packaging, banning
microbeads, using renewable energy and adopting the organic and sustainable movement’.
Wicklow Youthreach used ‘A world in crisis’ to capture the urgency of their message. Kevin Reid, KWETB Wicklow Youthreach said ‘We chose this theme for our Generation Apprenticeship project because we wanted to show how global warming is affecting the world. In our creation we used many different recyclable items that were destined for landfill. We hope this motivates people to think of how they can do the same’.
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine