High Peak tradesman in running to be crowned top apprentice

Alfie Hodges has made the final nine in the Screwfix Apprentice of the Year contest.
Alfie Hodges has made the final nine in the Screwfix Apprentice of the Year contest.

A High Peak tradesman has made it through to the final nine of a national search for the country’s top apprentice, with the chance to win £10,000.

Alfie Hodges, from Whaley Bridge, is heading to London on April 21 to prove he is worth the title of Screwfix Direct Trade Apprentice 2017.

The 18-year-old, who works at Taylor Trade Limited, has been learning the ropes since June 2015.

He said: “I am very proud that I have made it this far and when I go to London I am not going there to lose, I am going there to win.

“This is small area and to say that I am one of the best in the country is amazing.”

A Screwfix Direct spokesman said: “There is currently a widely-reported skills gap within the UK, with fewer people taking up trade apprenticeships.

“The competition is a great opportunity for future tradespeople to showcase their skills and gain national recognition, plus win fantastic prizes.”

If Alfie is successful and wins the £10,000, half of the prize will be in Screwfix Direct vouchers, £3,000 will go for career enhancing courses and £2,000 will go to Stockport College where he attends.

Alfie said: “I saw the advert for the competition and thought it would really help me achieve my future goals if I could win.

“I’m very passionate about renewable energy and think there is a massive need for more people to move into green energy, and if I won the money for courses would be amazing and help me realise this.

“Everything I know is thanks to Matt Taylor who took a chance on me, and I am looking forward to showcasing not just my skills but his work and crafts in London.”

There will be an interview and group activities before the judges decide the winner.