Bo'ness apprentice into semi-finals of competition with £10,000 prize pot

A plastering apprentice from Bo’ness is through to the semi-finals of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2021 competition.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:30 pm
Raymond Stirling

Raymond Stirling, 28, is studying towards his qualification at City of Glasgow College.

He has been selected following an initial application outlining how he demonstrates a real passion for the trade, determination to succeed and explaining how he is already going above and beyond the call of duty for his college, employer and customers.

Raymond said: “I hope to make it through to the national final in April so I can show the judges how dedicated I am to my career in the trade. The prize bundle would be an amazing way to help set me up for my future.”

Thirty semi-finalists will now submit a video or participate in an interview to try and win a place at April’s two-day virtual final event.

This will involve multiple training sessions from Google Digital Garage to upskill the finalists on digital marketing and social media strategy.

During the final, they will also get the opportunity to learn important business skills and be able to share their experiences and ambitions as an apprentice with a panel of industry-leading judges.

The winner will take home the career-boosting trade bundle worth £10,000 which includes £5000 of tools, a £3000 training budget and £2000 of technology.

Simon Jackson, Screwfix customer and digital director, said: “From over 2500 entries, our semi-finalists have done incredibly well to get this far. Apprenticeships are vital to the construction trade and invaluable to the UK economy and each year the standard of entries in our competition is exceptional.”

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