• Crystal Tucker, from Kingswood, has reached the national final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition
  • The apprentice decorator is competing to win a career-boosting prize package worth £10,000
  • She faces industry expert judges in two-day event this month


Ten talented apprentices, including Crystal Tucker from Kingswood, are going head-to-head in the national final of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2022 this month.

The aspiring decorator will be aiming to impress a panel of industry experts across a two-day virtual final on 27 and 28 April.

The competition aims to shine a light on apprentices across the UK and Ireland, in search of the winning champion who receives a £10,000 package of tools, technology, and training.

Crystal, 23, thinks she could go all the way to the top spot and hopes to stand out with her customer service skills. She says: “When I entered the competition, I really hoped I’d get to the final, but I can’t believe I have done it! Knowing that I am in the final and one step closer to starting my own business is mind-blowing and I am so determined to do whatever it takes to win this competition.

“I’ve been studying my painting and decorating trade for a year at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. To get the recognition and be crowned the champion of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2022 would be unreal on both a personal and a professional level. It would be an

honour and would allow me to further champion apprenticeships within the trade. The amazing prize would also help me to get a head start in the future.”

Crystal was shortlisted as her passion to improve people’s homes to turn them into a dream property, as well as her ambition shone through in the semi-finals.

During the final, the apprentices will get the opportunity to share their expertise and ambitions with a panel of industry-leading judges. The panel includes representatives from the Federation of Master Builders, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and Dan Lloyd, a previous Screwfix Top Tradesperson winner.

Jack Wallace, marketing director at Screwfix, will also be joining the panel to meet the finalists and celebrate their success. He says: “Our applicants have shown a huge level of skill, ambition, and determination to succeed no matter what life throws at them. This year we have been overwhelmed by the standard of entries across the UK and Ireland – it’s clear to see that the future of the industry is in safe hands”.

“These future champions of the trade are vital to the industry, and we need to celebrate their work and raise the profile of how rewarding a career in the trade can be. Our previous finalists and winners have set up their own companies, developed their skills through advanced training and become mentors for other apprentices. We hope to inspire more people to consider a career in the trade through our annual competition and I hope all applicants go on to achieve a brilliant career.”

Visit Screwfix.com/sfta to find out more about the apprentices and the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition.