• Jack Duignan, from Westmeath, has reached the national final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition
  • The apprentice electrician is competing to win a career-boosting prize package worth 10,000
  • He faces industry expert judges in two-day event this month


Ten talented apprentices, including Jack Duignan from Westmeath, are going head-to-head in the national final of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2022 this month.

The aspiring electrician 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.

Jack, 24, thinks he could go all the way to the top spot and hopes to stand out with his ambitions to set up his own company by 2023. He says: “When I entered the competition, I really hoped I’d get to the final, but I can’t believe I have done it! A dream of mine is to one day hire apprentices to bring more people into the industry. I also want to do my family proud in this competition.

“I’ve been studying my trade for five years at athlone IT and GMIT Galway. 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.”

Jack was shortlisted as his professional approach and knowledge for the trade 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.ie/sfta  to find out more about the apprentices and the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition.