Crowned the Screwfix Trade Apprentice winner 2018, Weymouth Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment apprentice, Jack Martin, has seen off competition from across the UK and walked away with the Grand Prize – a £10,000 business bundle and two VIP ‘Field Day’ tickets.
During the national final at Google HQ in London, Jack (19) competed in a series of tasks against nine other finalists. Impressing a panel of judges, Jack convinced them that he was the best apprentice in the UK to win the top spot. Jack stood out for his passion for the trade, foresight into the future and knowledge of how he will evolve to adapt to a changing industry.
Jack is currently working towards his Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment at P&R Hurt College in Yeovil, whilst being employed by Tristan G Murless LTD.
Jack not only took home the title of Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year 2018, but he also received a business and trade bundle worth £10,000, including a laptop with accessories, Screwfix products and funds for future training courses. This year Screwfix also partnered with the festival ‘Field Day’ to provide the worthy winner with two VIP ‘Field Day’ tickets as part of the prize.
Jack commented: “I am totally over the moon at winning Screwfix’s Trade Apprentice competition! The business bundle will enable me to continue with my studies and I hope to be a real ambassador to others, highlighting what a great job being in the trade is. Over the next 12 months I plan to complete my Level 3 qualification in Electrotechnical systems so that I have a good foundation of knowledge to start an NVQ! I’m also going to develop my CAD skills by going to night school courses. Winning Trade Apprentice has been amazing and I hope to work with Screwfix to make more students aware of careers in trades and going down the apprenticeship route!”
Now in its fouth year, the competition led by leading omni-channel retailer, Screwfix, aims to recognise and champion the best trade apprentices in the UK.
Caroline Welsh, Director of Brand and Marketing comments: “We believe supporting apprentices is crucial for the future of the trade. Not only does our Trade Apprentice Competition allow us to champion rising stars, but it also provides a valuable opportunity to learn from apprentices about how the wider industry can best support them in the future. The competition reaches hundreds of apprentices and trainees who are at the start of their careers and encourages them to strive for excellence and achieve the very highest professional standards.”
“We were impressed with Jack’s innovative ideas for the future of the industry, he is clearly an example of a motivated individual who will be an integral part of the electrical industry and a successful future tradesperson; I look forward to hearing about his future success!”
The Screwfix Trade Apprentice award will return in 2019.