Kerry ETB Entry Is Runner-Up In National Competition For Apprentices

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Apprentices from Kerry ETB Training Centre’s Stone Cutting and Masonry with their ‘Generation Apprenticeship’ competition entry which was runner-up in a national competition yesterday. Standing left to right Kieran Casey, Tim Lacey, Mary Liz Trant (SOLAS), Fred Browne, Andy O’Connor.

APPRENTICES from Kerry ETB Training Centre have come 2nd in the ‘Generation Apprenticeship’ National Competition in an award ceremony in Dublin on Monday.

The Kerry ETB Training Centre entry will now be displayed at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Headquarters ‘Construction House’ located on Canal Road, Dublin 6. The entry will be on display on the OPW Stand at Bloom 2018 at the RDS which runs May 31st to June 4th.

In an open competition, sponsored by ESB and the Construction Industry Federation, teams of apprentices were invited to use their skills to reproduce large scale 3D versions of the Generation Apprenticeship “A” brand.

The judging panel for the competition were well known Irish architect Dermot Bannon, Microsoft Senior Executive Noreen O’Hare and SOLAS Chief Executive Paul O’Toole.

Kerry’s entry – crafted in cut stone and solid wood on a structural steel base was produced by apprentice teams from 3 separate disciplines – Stonecutting & Stonemasonry, MAMF (Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter) and Carpentry & Joinery in collaboration with sponsors Quilter Stonework, Irish Defence Forces, John Sweeney & Son Building Contractors and OPW Killarney.

The Kerry ETB team included instructors Tom Little and Darren Enright (Stone Cutting and Masonry), Tom Cronin (Fitting), Mike Horgan and John O’Keeffe (Carpentry) and Assistant Manager Christy Enright from Kerry ETB Training Centre in Tralee.

The Kerry ETB Apprenticeship team was;

Stonecutting apprentices

Fred Browne, 3rd year apprentice, OPW Killarney

Kieran Casey, 1st year apprentice, OPW Killarney

Andy O’Connor, 1st year apprentice, Quilter Stone

Jim Lacey, 4th year apprentice, Killarney Design

Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting apprentices

Robert King, 2nd year apprentice, Defence Forces

Graham Goulding, 1st year apprentice, Merck & Co

Shane Mulcahy, 1st year apprentice, Glenmill Engineering

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices

Colin O Reilly, 1st year apprentice

James Sweeney Killorglin

Project Coordinators

Christy Enright, Assistant Manager, Kerry ETB

Tom Little, Stonecutting Instructor, Kerry ETB

Tom Cronin, MAMF Fitting Instructor, Kerry ETB

Mike Horgan, Carpentry and Joinery Instructor, Kerry ETB

John O’Keeffe, Carpentry and Joinery Cover Instructor

Darren Enright, Stonecutting Cover Instructor

Kieran Casey, Team Leader, OPW

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