Denton Burn Apprentice within reach of National Title

  • Courtney Maddison has reached the virtual final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2021 competition
  • Apprentices from across the UK and Ireland have made the top 10
  • Top prize is a £10k trade bundles of tools, technology, and training

The finalists of this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition are in and a painting and decorating apprentice, from Denton Burn, has earned a place.

Courtney Maddison, 20, applied for the competition during lockdown and highlighted her ambition to learn, desire to inspire future apprentices, and sheer hard work as reasons why she should earn a place in the final. She then impressed during the semi-final round to make the top 10.

During the final, on 22 and 23 April, each finalist will go through a virtual interview conducted by a panel of industry experts from the Federation of Master Builders, National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

Each finalist will also participate in a bespoke event from Google Digital Garage to upskill on Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy as well as Writing for Social Media – vital training for when they start out their career. There will also be a product session from Google Nest.

Courtney says: “This is a brilliant opportunity for me – I can’t quite believe I am through to the final! I got my discipline through 4 years of Army and Combined Cadet Force and my plan is to open my own business in the future, expanding my knowledge in other trades. My employer is about to move abroad, and I feel incredibly lucky to be getting her books, demonstrating that she trusts me so much to continue with all her clients.

“I would treasure being able to say I won Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2021 and feel like I would be taken more seriously by customers who are unsure about putting their trust in a 20-year-old female. I hope this would also inspire other women to consider a career in the trade too”.

At the end of the two-day session, one apprentice will take home the prestigious title of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2021. Winning will open exciting opportunities for them to profile themselves to the trade and provide a platform to inspire future apprentices.

This year’s winner will receive the career-boosting trade bundle of £10k worth of tools, technology, and training to give them a kick-start to their career in the trade.

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital Director, said: “We’ve had a record number of entries this year from such a talented group of future tradespeople. Apprenticeships are vital to the trade and invaluable to the UK economy and it certainly looks like we are in safe hands with the standard of the applications we’ve seen this year. We’re looking forward to spending some time with our finalists and seeing who will earn the title – good luck!”

To find out more on the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition, or to get advice about a career in the trade, please visit