Scunthorpe apprentice beats more than 1,000 rivals to be shortlisted for national award

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Mar 2018

A Scunthorpe apprentice has beaten more than 1,000 rivals to be shortlisted in the Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

The competition, open to all trade apprentices aged 16 and over in the UK, this year attracted 1,200 entries.

Lewis Gibson, 24, who has worked for the Scunthorpe firm of Ashbridge Roofing for two years, is now down to the last 30.

He said of his success: "I’m so excited to be shortlisted for such a big award. The competition process has been loads of fun so far and I can’t thank Ashbridge enough for nominating me.

"To make the final we submitted a video about the roofing trade and my future plans. It's been great to get the roofing trade out there more, as I’d love to see more young people getting into it.

"I'm looking forward to the rest of my apprenticeship and hope I can keep learning and progressing, so that I can one day start my own business."


Lewis Gibson has worked for Ashbridge Roofing for two years (Image: Richard Walker)

Zak McKay, the contracts manager at Ashbridge Roofing said: "It's a joy to have Lewis in the team, he is doing an incredible job and it’s great for him that Screwfix recognise that too.

"We’re all very proud of the high standard of work he has produce both on the job with Ashbridge, and throughout his college course at Leeds College in Building, where he finished months ahead of schedule.

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"We’re delighted that we've been able to invest in apprenticeships and growing our own talent at Ashbridge. Lewis is a great example to show the value of apprenticeships, and has been a significant part of our decision to take on more young people in the future.

"This opportunity to showcase his skills is very exciting for him, for the Ashbridge team and for his college. We wish him the best of luck and hope everyone locally will get behind him."

Ten apprentices to compete in the final on April 27 in London will be announced on April 6.



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