Young tradespeople urged to apply for sixth annual competition to win 'everything needed to set up their own business'

Young tradespeople urged to apply for sixth annual competition to win 'everything needed to set up their own business'

by Danielle Thompson (February 2020)

TRADE apprentices across Southport are being urged to down tools and enter a national contest to win the ‘ultimate prize bundle.’

The sixth annual Screwfix Trade Apprentice Competition will celebrate the next generation of tradespeople as they aim for recognition at the start of their chosen careers. The award’s finalists will be invited to a ceremony at the company headquarters of Europe’s largest radio company, Global on London’s Leicester Square in April.

The national chain has a store on Crowland Street in Southport.

One talented individual will be named as Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2020 and will receive a career-boosting prize package worth £10,000. This includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business: £5,000 of tools; a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 spent on technology. The winner will also get £2,000 for the college where they study and will be invited to meet a team of experts behind Capital XTRA’s Homegrown Live, at the event this spring.

All finalists will also be invited to attend a Business start-up day at the Global Academy, a University Technical College specialising in the fast paced and exciting broadcast and digital media industry. They will learn how to market themselves, promote their business through social media from media industry professional and will also meet Capital XTRA’s Robert Bruce.

Danielle Sweet, Screwfix spokesperson, said: “We are delighted to be back with our Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition as we search for the brightest new talent in the construction industry.

“This year we are on the lookout to find an apprentice who goes above and beyond the call of duty to succeed within their chosen career. It really is an honour to be able to offer our future generation this career boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle to help kick start their future.

“We recognise the value of supporting the next generation and believe that Screwfix Trade Apprentice really demonstrates what apprentices have to offer and the importance of investing in their futures. I look forward to seeing who will be crowned this year’s winner. Could an apprentice from Southport be in the running?”

Callum Abberley, Screwfix Trade Apprentice winner 2019 added: “Winning has enabled me to pursue my dream and advance my studies. The Trade Apprentice competition has been an amazing opportunity and a brilliant step into launching my career. I would really encourage anybody just starting out to enter as it really has the potential to change everything for you.”

Apprentices can enter directly or be put forward by their college lecturer or their employer. It’s free and is open to all apprentices who are in college or working with a mentor. They must be over 16. Entries are open now and close on March 1. To find out more, visit

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