Kirkcaldy apprentice plasterer wins national competition



Local apprentice plasterer, Thomas Morgan from Kirkcaldy, has seen off competition from across the UK to be crowned the Screwfix Trade Apprentice of 2016.

Thomas headed down to Google HQ, in London, and attended the national final last week (April 15th) with eight other finalists. There, he had to impress a panel of judges and convince them he was the best apprentice in the UK to win top spot.

Currently a third-year Apprentice Plasterer for Fife Council, Thomas, 21, stood out for his passion for the trade, craftsmanship and commitment to furthering his skills. As well as working towards his qualification at Edinburgh College, Thomas also studies HNC Construction in the evenings, which highlights his dedication to his job.

Not only does he take home the title of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year, 2016, but he also receives a £10,000 ultimate business and trade bundle. This includes a top-of-the-range laptop, as well as £5,000 worth of Screwfix products and up to £3,000 to spend on training courses to further enhance his career – everything he needs to get a kick-start in the industry.

Thomas commented: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out as the winner of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice Award, I never win anything!  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 plan to use the prize to help me to fund a degree in construction management so eventually I can progress into a managerial role and train other apprentices.  I hope to be a real ambassador to others and highlight what a great career being in the trade is. What a brilliant first step on the ladder this has given me!”

Now in its second year, this highly competitive award led by leading multi-channel retailer, Screwfix, aims to recognise and champion the best trade apprentices in the UK.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, comments: “We’re particularly keen to support apprentices, on whose shoulders the future of the trade industry depends. This competition reaches hundreds of apprentices and trainees at the start of their careers, encouraging them to strive for excellence in their craft and achieve the very highest professional standards.

“Thomas is a brilliant example of a young person who is motivated to succeed as an independent future tradesman and I look forward to hearing about his future success.”

The Screwfix Trade Apprentice award will return in 2017. For more information please visit