Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, has visited Screwfix’s Ilkeston store with Alex Avis, Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2022, to speak with customers about the importance and benefits of a career in a trade.
Every year, the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition highlights the vital role apprentices play in the industry and provides support to those starting out in their careers with a £10k prize bundle, made up of tools, tech and training.
Alex commented: “In winning Screwfix Trade Apprentice, I feel a great responsibility to help be the voice of apprentices and educate people towards a more positive view of a career in the trade.
“In my future, I see myself running my own business, and would be delighted to pass my knowledge onto the next generation of apprentices. I know just how crucial it is for tradespeople and apprentices to work together and take inspiration from one another.”
Speaking about her visit, Maggie said: “Since 2015, over 5,000 people in Erewash have started an apprenticeship, enabling them to learn whilst also working and earning.
“Apprentices like Alex are absolutely essential if we are to build and maintain a skilled workforce for the future and is why the government is determined to drive up standards through the introduction of schemes such as the Apprenticeship Levy and the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, as well as the new T Level qualification beginning in September.”
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