Aspiring painter and decorator from Newcastle reaches national apprentice awards final

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An apprentice painter and decorator from Newcastle is celebrating reaching the final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023.

Courtney Maddison will go head-to-head with ten other apprentices from across the country to be named the Screwfix Trade Apprentice of 2023.

The national award is designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of trade apprentices across the UK and Ireland, with the winner receiving a £10,000 trade bundle made-up of tools, technology and training.

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Courtney, who is studying painting and decorating at Newcastle College, will be aiming to impress a panel of industry experts at the national two-day final in London on May 2 and 3.

Courtney Maddison is through to the final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023. Courtney Maddison is through to the final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023.
Courtney Maddison is through to the final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023. | Other 3rd Party

The 22-year-old said: “The award is almost in touching distance now and being one step closer to the final is exciting, but a bit nerve-wracking too.

“The support my college has given me as I’ve started in my career has been brilliant, so if I was lucky enough to be named the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023, I’d love to be able to give something back to them.”

Courtney was made it through to the final ten from 1,700 entries, with judges highlighting that she has been shortlisted for her passion, dedication and ambition.

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Her desire to help others also impressed the judges, demonstrating both great customer service skills and strong ambassador skills for the next generation of apprentices.

Jack Wallace, marketing director for Screwfix, commented: “Our previous finalists and winners have gone on to start their own companies, become mentors for other apprentices and give back to their community with their incredible skills and talent.

“I wish our top ten finalists this year the best of luck and I’m confident that they will all go on to achieve brilliant careers too.”

As part of the final, the ten apprentices will have the chance to share their journey so far, plus their career aspirations with a panel of industry experts.

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