11th May 2017
Crowned the 2017 Screwfix Trade Apprentice winner, York College bench joiner William Ellis, from Scarborough, beat off competition from across the UK to walk away with the Grand Prize – a £10,000 business bundle.
During the national final held at Google HQ in London, William competed in a series of tasks against nine other finalists. William impressed a panel of judges and convinced them he was the best trade apprentice in the UK to win top spot.
Currently a CITB bench joiner apprentice for Peter Thompsons of York, William stood out for his passion for the trade, craftsmanship and commitment to furthering his skills, as well as his commitment to work towards his qualification at York College.
William received a £10,000 business and trade bundle which includes tools, work wear, funds for training, a top-of-the-range laptop, tablet and the all-important winner’s trophy - everything he needs to get a kick-start in the industry.
William, aged 19, commented: “I was completely shocked when they announced I had won the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition! Not only was I happy to have won the nationwide competition and receive the recognition, but I got to share this unforgettable moment with my Dad, who encouraged me to pursue my dream and begin my bench joinery apprenticeship. The business bundle will enable me to continue with my studies, and I will also be able to get my hands on some new tools. I hope to be a real ambassador to others and highlight what a great job being in the trade is. This has been an amazing opportunity and is a brilliant step into launching my career.”
Graham Smith, Marketing Director at Screwfix, said: “We believe supporting apprentices is crucial for the future of the trade. Our Trade Apprentice Competition is one way we do this. Not only does it allow us to champion rising stars, but it also provides a valuable opportunity to learn from the apprentices about how else we and the wider industry can best support them for 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. William is a brilliant example of a young individual who is motivated to succeed as an independent future tradesman and I look forward to hearing about his future success.”
Adrian Salton, joinery tutor at York College is delighted for William, saying: “He deserves this kind of recognition for being such a dedicated apprentice. William is sure to do very well in his future career.”