Glasgow Apprentice is Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2020 Winner

A JOINERY and carpentry apprentice from Glasgow has been named this year’s winner of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2020 competition.

Christopher Keel, 21, took part in the first ever digital final on 25 June 2020 alongside 9 other finalists.

He impressed a panel of industry expert judges, including Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2019, roofing contractor Darren McGhee of DMG Roofing and Building and My Roof Care Ltd.

Outstanding confidence and positivity

Christopher’s outstanding confidence and positive approach, the way he has overcome adversity and his ambition for the future, made him stand out in the eyes of the judges, winning him the title and the ultimate trade bundle worth £10,000.

This includes everything a future tradesperson may need to kick-start their career, including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology.

Chris, who is studying towards his joinery and carpentry qualification at Queenslie Training Centre, says: “I was absolutely speechless when I found out that I’d won. The other finalists were all so talented so it’s such an honour to be given this title. I want to use this success as a platform to encourage more individuals into the trade – it’s such a worthwhile career and an apprenticeship can change your life for the better!”

Danielle Sweet, Screwfix spokesperson, said: “We have such a worthy winner in Chris. He demonstrates everything we look for in this competition – professionalism, ambition and a desire to raise awareness amongst others about the benefits of apprenticeships and a future career in the trade.

“This year we received over 1400 entries, and Chris impressed us with the way he has picked himself up after several knock backs, his drive to build his own business and run his own Ltd company, as well as his future ambitions. Chris has a promising career ahead of him, along with our other worthy finalists.

Find out more about the Trade Apprentice competition.

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