A WORCESTER teenager could be crowned the best apprentice in the UK after reaching the finals of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2017 competition.
Chris Davies, 17, who is currently working towards his carpentry qualification at Heart of Worcestershire College, is one of 10 apprentices from across the country through to final round of the competition.
During the semi-finals, Chris stood out from other applicants for his passion for carpentry, along with dedication and enthusiasm towards his course earning a spot in the grand finale at Google’s Head Office in London later this month.
At the final he will take part in a group task and a one-to-one interview in front of a panel of judges.
Chris said: “I am so excited to be one of the finalists in the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition. I think this competition is such a great way to support apprentices and help progress careers in the trade industry.
“Ever since I was young I always knew I wanted to go into carpentry and follow in the footpath of most of my family. Carpentry is more than a career to me, it is something that ties my family all together and that I have a real passion for.
“There is no greater feeling than seeing all the hard work I put into a job once completed, it is so rewarding to see.”
One winner will walk away with the title of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2017, receiving a business and trade bundle worth £10,000, including a laptop with accessories, £5,000 worth of Screwfix products and funds for future training courses to help kick start their career.
Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, said: “There is an ongoing focus on the importance of apprenticeships for the UK economy and for construction in particular, which is facing a significant skills gap. Therefore, we believe it’s important we play our part in encouraging those who have chosen to undertake an apprenticeship. Our search for Screwfix Trade Apprentice of 2017 not only supports their endeavours but also inspires a strong future for the UK’s construction industry”.
“Chris is an example of a motivated young person who will be an integral part of the carpentry industry and a successful future tradesperson. I’d like to wish him and all the finalists the best of luck.”