A Trio of Electrical Apprentices Reach National Final!

  • The electrical apprentices will take part in a national Trade Apprentice final over two days beginning on Wednesday 24th June to crown the 2020 champion
  • The winner will receive the ultimate trade bundle worth £10,000 

Three electrical apprentices have earned a highly-sought after place in the digital final of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2020.

  • Owen Creaser-Smith, 24, is studying towards his Level 3 NVQ Diploma at Vision West Nottinghamshire College.
  • Olivia Parkin, 21, is studying towards an electrical installation qualification at Coleg Gwent.
  • Oliver Greaves, 20, is studying towards his Level 3 Electrical Maintenance qualification at New College Stamford.

The finalists have been selected for their sheer passion for the trade, determination to succeed and demonstrating how they are already going above and beyond the call of duty for their respective college, employer and customers.

Owen, who is thrilled to have reached the final stage, says: “I am feeling both a mixture of excitement and nerves to have made it through to the final. It would be fantastic to win the competition and I feel that making it through to this stage has really helped me to push myself out of my comfort zone.”

Olivia says: “I am really excited about the final and potentially winning; not just for me but for all the women out there to see a female tradesperson making it to the final and potentially being crowned this year’s winner. I hope to inspire anyone looking to join the trade industry. I plan to specialise in renewable energy and would love to run my own business in the future. Winning this competition would give me an amazing boost to start this journey.”

Oliver adds: “I enjoy everything about my apprenticeship, I love how every day is different and like the challenges my role brings. I am really looking forward to the final and knowing I could be this year’s winner is quite unbelievable. The whole experience has been amazing.”

The two-day event will begin with the finalists participating in a digital academy day with innovative and educational workshops from specialist media school, Global Academy. Now, more than ever digital skills, are vital, and the finalists will get the chance to be involved in a variety of unique sessions including how to run their social media, develop a brand and analyse their current marketing activity.

On Thursday 25th June, each finalist will get the opportunity to share their experiences and ambitions as an apprentice with a panel of industry-leading judges. The panel includes representatives from the NICEIC, CIPHE, FMB and Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2019, Darren McGhee.

The worthy winner will take home the ultimate trade prize bundle 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 worth of technology.

Danielle Sweet, Screwfix spokesperson, said: “From over 1400 entries, the 10 finalists have done incredibly well to get this far. Apprenticeships are vital to the construction trade and invaluable to the UK economy. Each year the standard of entries in our competition is exceptional and all the finalists have proven they have a promising career ahead of them. I’d like to congratulate all of our apprentices for getting to the final and wish all of our top 10 the best of luck!”

To find out more on the Trade Apprentice competition, please visit www.screwfix.com/sfta.

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