Young trade apprentices who are learning while they are earning could be crowned the winner of a top award.

The Screwfix Trade Apprentice Award 2018 is now open to apprentices who are hard at work.

The competition, organised by Screwfix which has stores in Derby Road, Burton, and in Ivanhoe Business Park, Ashby, is open for entries now. It is designed to find the finest trade-apprentices or full-time apprentice students in the nation.

One winner will be rewarded with an ultimate prize package worth £10,000 to help them to step onto the career ladder in the best possible way.

William Ellis, the Screwfix Top Trade Apprentice winner 2017, with his award

The most impressive entries from the region will be selected to go head-to-head at a national final at Google headquarters in London, where one person will win the title and receive a business start-up pack including a laptop with accessories, £5,000 worth of Screwfix products and funds for future training and courses.

Graham Bell, Screwfix chief executive, said: "We truly believe that we, along with the rest of the industry, have a duty to support the next generation of tradespeople. Therefore, it's important we play our part in encouraging and inspiring those who have chosen to undertake an apprenticeship.

"The Screwfix Trade Apprentice Award is one of the many ways we are highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and supporting those who are starting out in a career in the trade."

Entries are open until Sunday, March 4, with the overall winner being awarded Screwfix Top Trade Apprentice 2018 at Google Head Office in April.

William Ellis, the Screwfix Top Trade Apprentice winner 2017, said: "I was completely shocked when they announced that I had won the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition last year. Winning has enabled me to pursue my dream and advance my studies.

"This has been an amazing opportunity and a brilliant step into launching my career. I'd recommend any trade apprentice applies for this competition – this year it could be you."

More information is available from the Screwfix store in Ashby or by visiting to complete an application form.