Carpentry apprentice Elliott Hanan impressed the judges, outshining more than 1,400 other candidates to be one of the ones to reach the finals, which is currently in its sixth year.
He is now in with a chance to win Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2020 and prize worth £10,000 including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology.
Elliott earned his nomination after submitting a video entry, he said: “It was great to find out I’d made the finals. I always have this ethos that if you’re going to do something, you need to go all out. What have you got to lose? I tried to make the video as fun as possible. Even making the semi-final is great. If I was to win, it’ll be a good kick start to my career in carpentry and joinery.”
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, this year’s finals will be held virtually later this year.
The annual award celebrates the next generation of tradespeople from all areas as they aim for recognition at the start of their chosen careers.
Elliott added: “I’ve always loved building things and putting my mind to something that takes some thinking. Carpentry was always something I enjoyed and I thought that if I applied myself, I could be successful as long as I worked hard at it. I thought it would be a fun career move.
Director of the Stansted Park Foundation David Bennett said: “The Stansted Park Foundation is delighted that Elliott has been selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year awards. This is a fitting testament to Elliott’s work ethic, pride and professionalism. He is tenacious and pays careful attention to detail, ensuring that any job is performed to a high standard. These qualities will stand him in excellent stead as he competes against other accomplished young people. He can be very proud of his practical achievements and the significant progress he has already made in developing his personal skills as a carpenter and this recognition is extremely well deserved.”
Penny Wycherley, interim principal and CEO of Highbury College, said: “This is fantastic news. Well done Elliott, we’re very proud of what he has accomplished so far in his apprenticeship. Good luck in the finals.”
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