Apprentice winner announced by Screwfix

Callum Abberley, a plumbing and heating apprentice from Burton upon Trent, has been named Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2019. 

After beating competition at the national final in London, 18-year old Callum, a plumbing and heating apprentice at Burton and South Derbyshire College, won a career-boosting £10,000 business bundle – as well as the chance to be part of the build team at ‘Field Day’ festival, plus two VIP tickets.

The Screwfix Trade Apprentice final saw 10 of the UK’s brightest up-and-coming trade apprentices gather in London for two days, with the first day spent at the Global Academy where finalists were taught vital skills on how to take their business forward, including social media training and green screen filming. The final took place at Google HQ, where Callum impressed a panel of judges by demonstrating his passion for his trade. 

Currently working towards his NVQ Level 2 Diploma in plumbing and heating, Callum caught the judges’ attention with his desire to run his own business one day. His goal is to help sufferers of dementia to live better lives through the use of technology, such as auto shut off timers that ensure gas and taps are switched off to reduce risk in the home.

Callum comments: “I am so honoured to be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2019. The prize will help me to achieve my dream and specialise in helping dementia sufferers. I also want to become an ambassador to those coming into the trade. The skills I have learnt so far have helped make dementia sufferer’s lives easier and this prize will only help me develop further.

Callum’s prize bundle will see him receive £5000 worth of Screwfix products, the chance to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a part of the build production team at Field Day along with two VIP tickets, and funds for future training and courses.

Caroline Welsh, Director of Brand and Marketing at Screwfix, says: “Callum’s compassion and drive to give back selflessly really set him apart in a very competitive final. The judges were impressed by what Callum has already achieved and his outlook on how his trade can make a difference to the lives of dementia sufferers. I look forward to watching him develop and wish him all the very best!” 

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