Bourne apprentice makes Screwfix contest final

Lucy Goldsmith EMN-150306-111304001
Lucy Goldsmith EMN-150306-111304001

An apprentice painter and decorator from Morton will find out today (Friday) if she has been named the best in the country at the finals of a competition.

Lucy Goldsmith, 22, beat off competition from across the country to become one of only 10 apprentices to make it to the final of The Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2015 competition.

She is currently studying an NVQ Level 3 in Painting and Decorating at Lincoln College in Lincoln.

Lucy stood out in the semi-finals for her passion for the industry and becoming joint director of her family company and tripling the company’s turnover in one year.

She is quickly making a name for herself within the industry and was recently shortlisted for the CITB National Construction and Engineering Awards for outstanding personal achievement.

Lucy has been invited to Google’s head office in London for the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2015 final today.

All finalists will be judged by a panel of trade and business experts. One winner will be crowned the Screwfix Trade Apprentice of 2015, receiving a £10,000 ultimate business and trade bundle including everything they need to get a kick-start in the industry.

Lucy said: “I’m just starting out in my career, so getting this far has given me the confidence to know that I can succeed as a professional within the industry.

“I’m very keen to pass my knowledge on and help others looking to get into painting and decorating. I recently gave a demonstration on different decorating techniques to groups of 10 and 11 year olds, and will be taking on my own apprentice very soon.

“This competition is a great opportunity to further my career even more.”

In its first year, this highly competitive award led by Screwfix, aims to recognise and champion the best trade apprentices in the UK.

Chief executive officer of Screwfix Andrew Livingston added: “Lucy is an example of a young person who is motivated to succeed as an independent future tradesperson and we need to help people like her to get their foot on the ladder.”