Plane sailing as joiner wins national contest

William Ellis, 19, is pictured with his Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year 2017 trophy.
William Ellis, 19, is pictured with his Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year 2017 trophy.

Wood you believe it! A Scarborough-based apprentice has landed the top prize in a national competition.

Local bench joiner William Ellis, 19, saw off all competition from across the UK and walked away with the Grand Prize – a £10,000 business bundle – in a competition organised by Screwfix.

During the national final held at Google HQ in London, William competed in a series of tasks against nine other top class finalists.

William had to impress a panel of judges and convince them that he was the best apprentice in the UK to win top spot.

Currently a fifth-year bench joiner apprentice for Peter Thompsons of York, William stood out for his passion for the trade, craftsmanship and commitment to furthering his skills.

William not only took home the title of Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year 2017, but he also received tools, work wear, funds for training, a top-of-the-range laptop, tablet and the all-important winner’s trophy.

William said: “I was completely shocked when they announced that I had won the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition.

“Not only was I happy to have won the nationwide competition and receive the recognition, but I got to share this unforgettable moment with my dad who encouraged me to pursue my dream and begin my bench joiner apprenticeship.

“The business bundle will enable me to continue with my studies, and I will also be able to get my hands on some new tools.

“I hope to be a real ambassador to others and highlight what a great job being in the trade is. This has been an amazing opportunity and is a brilliant step into launching my career!”