A SOLIHULL apprentice has reached the semi-final of a national competition.
Harry Scolding has beaten off more than 1,700 others from across the UK and Ireland to make it through to the final 30 in a bid to be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023.
Judges shortlisted the apprentice joiner for his passion, dedication, and ambition
The 20-year-old, who is currently studying level 3 bench joinery at Solihull College and University Centre, said: “I’m really pleased to have been shortlisted as a semi-finalist and being one step closer to the final.
“To be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023 would be an incredible accolade that would help me realise my potential and pursue my dream of becoming a champion of my trade.
“I am dedicated to consistently developing my skills and hungry to push myself out of my comfort zone. I’m really excited to show my commitment, and passion for the industry and hope this is enough to get me through to the final.”
Harry has already started doing his own work alongside his apprenticeship which has included jobs ranging from handrail renovations to bespoke fitted furniture, with a view to start his own business in the future.
The final will be held in May, with the top 10 apprentices facing a panel of industry experts including representatives from Screwfix, the Federation of Master Builders, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, and the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.
Only one will be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice and receive a career-boosting £10,000 trade bundle made up of tools, tech and training – everything they need to become a champion of their chosen trade.
Previously Harry won gold at the Skill-Build 2022 awards and has now been invited to compete internationally, in Euroskills 2023 and Worldskills 2023, representing the UK for joinery.