• Chelsea Davidson, an apprentice painter and decorator from High Wycombe, has reached the final of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023
  • From 1,700 entries, the top 10 have been selected to attend the national final in May
  • One winner will be named Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023 and receive a career-boosting trade bundle worth £10,000

Ten ambitious apprentices, including Chelsea Davidson, an aspiring painter and decorator from High Wycombe, will go head-to-head to be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023.

The national award aims to highlight the hard work and dedication of trade apprentices across the UK and Ireland, with the champion receiving a career-boosting £10,000 trade bundle made-up of tools, tech and training.

Chelsea, 21, who is currently studying Painting and Decorating at Milton Keynes College, will be looking to impress a panel of industry experts at a national two-day final in London on 2 and 3 May.

She said: “The award is almost in touching distance now and being one step closer to the final is exciting, but a bit nerve-wracking too!

“When I started my apprenticeship, I was nervous about being in a male-dominated industry, but I think my passion for decorating and creativity speaks for itself. It would be a dream to win Screwfix Trade Apprentice and I would love to use the prize money to boost my career, develop my painting and decorating skills and hopefully provide support to other female apprentices who are looking to enter the trade.”

Chelsea was shortlisted as her passion, dedication and ambition shone through in the semi-final stage. Her enthusiasm for art and creativity was clear both in her personal life, where she is currently renovating a Beetle, and professionally, as she specialises in creating custom murals for her clients – something she would like to continue to do more of in the future.   

During the final, the ten apprentices will have the opportunity to share their apprentice journey and career aspirations with a panel of industry experts. The panel includes representatives from Screwfix, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Federation of Master Builders, National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and the winner of Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2022, Toby Peacock. 

Jack Wallace, Marketing Director for Screwfix, will also join the panel to meet the finalists and crown the winner. He says: “The annual Screwfix Trade Apprentice award is part of our commitment to recognise and reward the future champions of the trade, and in telling their stories, we hope to shine a light on the fantastic work completed by apprentices, day in, day out. Through this award, we also hope to inspire others to start a career in the trade given the countless opportunities the construction industry has to offer.


“The calibre of applications this year has been outstanding. Our finalists have already shown a great deal of skill and ambition to get this far. The standard is incredibly high and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about them at the final.


“Our previous finalists and winners have gone on to start their own companies, become mentors for other apprentices and give back to their community with their incredible skills and talent. I wish our top ten finalists this year the best of luck and I’m confident that they will all go on to achieve brilliant careers too.”

To find out more about the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition, please visit