Aspiring electricians progress in Screwfix Trade Apprentice contest

Aspiring electricians progress in Screwfix Trade Apprentice contest

Four aspiring electricians have reached the semi-final stage of this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice contest.

Marking a decade of the nationwide competition, which shines a light on the UK and Ireland’s very best future talent, this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice received more than 1,800 applications, and entries have now been whittled down to just 33 individuals.

This year’s final will return to London in May, where the top 10 apprentices will face a panel of industry experts to showcase why they believe they should be this year’s champion. Only one will be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice and receive a career-boosting £10,000 trade bundle made up of tools, tech and training – everything they need to excel in their chosen trade.

Lucas Whelan, 21 (from Liverpool) is studying Level 3 Electrotechnical NVQ at In-Phase Training Ltd. Speaking on his progression in the competition, he says, “I can’t believe I’ve reached the semi-finals of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2024. I have overcome multiple adversities which stood in my way to succeed at my dream job. I also think if I had the chance to tell my story it could be beneficial to so many young people and potentially inspire them to go out and pursue a career as a skilled tradesperson in the future.”

Lewis Finch, 21 (from Eastbourne), is currently studying City & Guilds Level 3 Electrical Installation at JTL Learning Centre Eastbourne and was nominated by his employer, Derek Bulled, Director at Corin Dudley Electrical Services. Derek comments, “Lewis always does more than what is expected of him, helping other students on the course, and going the extra mile in his duties. His ability to quickly develop and master new skills has been instrumental in his progression towards becoming fully qualified. Lewis shows exceptional talent and potential and is willing to put in the hard work to achieve his goals.”

Lewis says, “I’m really proud to have made it to the semi-finals and I’m excited to showcase my story so far. I hope it’s enough to secure my place in the final and be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2024.”

Ewan McGibbon, 20 (from Giffnock), is currently studying electrical installation at Cardonald College and was nominated by his employers, Frank Rooney, Managing Director and Heather Rooney, Operations Manager at T.R. Aitchison Electricians. They state, “Ewan has been our apprentice for over two years now. We feel he stands out from other tradespeople because of his kind, patient and understanding nature. He spends time with customers and explains what is being done so that they feel comfortable in their own homes.”

Ewan notes, “For me, an apprenticeship isn’t just about learning new skills, it’s helped me unlock a passion. To reach the semi-finals is a result of my dedication and determination to embark on a successful career in the trades.”

Archie Small, 20 (from Exeter), who is currently studying Electrical Installation at Exeter College, comments, “Reaching the semi-finals of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2024 was a shock to be honest. I didn’t expect to be selected out of the many other apprentices that had entered this competition. Having been on my apprenticeship journey for over a year now, I’ve learnt so much in such a short space of time.”

Archie opted for an electrical installation apprenticeship to gain the experience and qualifications needed to pursue his career ambitions. Having gained a distinction in his level 2 year of studying, Archie is now out on the tools and enjoying every minute of his apprenticeship journey.

The judging panel includes representatives from Screwfix, the Federation of Master Builders, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, and the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.

In addition, Astrid Arnold, winner of Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023, will also be at the final to talk about her own experiences and share some of the projects she’s been a part of since being crowned champion.

Jack Wallace, Marketing Director for Screwfix, says, “The skills gap facing our industry is showing no signs of slowing down, so it remains as crucial as ever to highlight just how rewarding a career in the trades can be.

“Once again, the calibre of entries this year has been amazing, and every one of the 33 semi-finalists are a shining example of how hard work and passion can take you anywhere. Regardless of who makes the final 10, they should all be incredibly proud of their achievement, and I have no doubt they’ve inspired even more people to consider a career in the trades. I wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to the final in May!”

To find out more about the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition, visit www.screwfix.com/landingpage/tradeapprentice

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