Coventry apprentice highly commended in Screwfix national competition

Lauren Winter recognised in Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018 Award


After a nationwide search, local Coventry Plumbing and Heating apprentice, Lauren Winter has been awarded highly commended at the final of Screwfix’s Trade Apprentice 2018 Award.


During the national final at Google HQ in London, Lauren (24) competed in a series of tasks against nine other finalists including a one-to-one interview in front of a panel of judges involving representatives from Screwfix, Google, NICEIC, BWF and CIPHE. She impressed the judges with her enthusiasm and determination to succeed, walking away with the title of highly commended and a £1,000 prize.

Lauren is currently working towards her Level Two Plumbing and Heating qualification at Coventry College. She says: “Taking part in the Trade Apprentice competition has been a fantastic experience, I am passionate about my trade and getting more women into the industry. In the next 10 years I want to run a female-only company and take on my own apprentice, so to be named as a highly commended finalist is amazing. I hope to be an ambassador to others and to inspire students making them aware of careers in the trades and the benefits of going down the apprenticeship route!”

Now in its fourth 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 says: “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 for us to learn from apprentices about how the wider industry can best support tradespeople in the future. The competition reaches thousands 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 Lauren’s enthusiasm and her 10-year life and business plan. She is clearly a great ambassador not only for apprenticeships, but also women in the trade. We look forward to hearing about her future success!”


The Screwfix Trade Apprentice award will return in 2019.