Castleblayney Youthreach give local key workers an honorary A Grade

May 28, 2020

As a finalist in the national Generation Apprenticeship Schools competition, Castleblayney Youthreach, along with schools, Youthreach and Community Training Centre finalists in the 2020 Generation Apprenticeship competition have been honouring businesses around the country who are stepping up to keep our community safe.

Organised by SOLAS, the competition asked entrants to build an A letter (based on the Generation Apprenticeship brand) from materials supplied that were previously destined for landfill.

“The competition is in its final stages and we have finalists who have created brilliant work,” said Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive of SOLAS. “Students were asked how they could combine future careers and their role in society with a commitment to green values and sustainable futures. We were due to have an awards ceremony at the end of last month but like many other events it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

As a way of keeping students engaged and motivated in their wider studies the competition promoters invited the finalists to think about how their competition entries which are in the form of 3D letter A installations could be used to celebrate what the people of this country are doing to keep each other safe.

David McAdam, Co-Ordinator, Castleblayney Youthreach said “Some of the student’s parents and wider family circle are essential workers and they have been working throughout the crisis in essential areas such as waste disposal, trades, farming and healthcare. They are showing how we all, individually and collectively, can play an important role. As well as awarding our A grade to children, essential workers, volunteers delivering food parcels and home care workers we have also made hundreds of protective face visors for local home care services in Cavan and Monaghan. Using our our 3D printer in this way and nominating local heroes has filled our entire team with purpose, pride and passion. In particular it has allowed the students to gain a broader understanding of the skills they are developing and the important role they can play in the future.”

Staying apart is necessary but these inspirational choices show why we are never far from someone who will support us. The finalists have all inputed into short videos to explain their A grade choices. They can be accessed at

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