Uxbridge apprentice highly commended in Screwfix national competition

Jessica Middleton recognised in Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018 Award

After a nationwide search, local Uxbridge Plumbing and Domestic Heating apprentice, Jessica Middleton has been awarded highly commended in the final of Screwfix’s Trade Apprentice 2018 Award.


During the national final at Google HQ in London, Jessica (23) 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 passion and loyalty to her trade, walking away with the title of highly commended.

Jessica is currently working towards her Level Two Plumbing and Domestic Heating qualification at Uxbridge College. She says: “Taking part in the Trade Apprentice competition has been a fantastic experience, I am passionate about my trade and would love to go on to complete my Gas Safe Qualification. I want to be able to build my own house from scratch, but in the meantime I’m focussing on my future development to become multi-skilled with the aim of providing a complete 360-degree design and fitting service for kitchens and bathrooms. I hope to be an ambassador to others, to inspire students making them aware of careers in 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 Jessica’s loyalty to her trade and how she recognised the need for technology in trades in the future. She is clearly a great ambassador not only for apprenticeships, but women in the trade. We look forward to hearing about her future success!”


The Screwfix Trade Apprentice award will return in 2019.