Aspiring Painter And Decorator From Donaghcloney In Semi-Final Of Screwfix Trade Apprentice Competition

Scott Buchanan, an apprentice painter and decorator from Donaghcloney, is a step closer to winning the ultimate title – Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2022. 

The aspiring winner applied for the competition earlier this year and has now been selected to go through to the semi-final, together with more than thirty other apprentices.

Following the semi-final, 10 apprentices will face a panel of industry experts at the national final in April, where one winner will receive a career-boosting £10,000 prize package made up of tools, trade, and tech – everything to get started in their chosen field.

Scott Buchanan, (22), is studying painting and decorating at Greenbank – Southern Regional College and says: “Being one step closer to the final is exciting and I will put my all into demonstrating my skills, commitment, and passion for the trade to help me get through to the final.

“I always strive for perfection and like to think with every practice piece I’m doing, I’m improving. Painting and decorating isn’t just a profession to me, it’s a passion.

“To be crowned Trade Apprentice 2022 would be an incredible accolade that would help me realise my potential and help me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional tradesperson.”

Scott was shortlisted due to the passion, dedication, and ambition which shone through in the application. Scott currently works at his dad’s painting and decorating business, with an ambition to expand and eventually run a division within the family business or start up a new company.

During the second year of study, Scott also reached the finals of an Inter-Campus Skills Build competition at Greenbank – Southern Regional College where he completed a decorating piece under time limits, using a combination of different skills. Placing second earned Scott a place in the regional finals later this year. 

During the final, the apprentices will all get the opportunity to share their expertise and ambitions with a panel of industry-leading judges. The panel includes representatives from the Federation of Master Builders, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and a previous Screwfix Top Tradesperson winner.

Jack Wallace, Screwfix marketing director, says: “Apprenticeships remain vital to the construction industry and our annual competition looks to reward skilled trade apprentices and highlight the countless opportunities the construction industry has to offer. Our trade apprentices are an inspiration to the future generation, shining a light on the benefits of a career in the trade.

“From over 2,500 entries, our semi-finalists have done incredibly well to get this far, and I look forward to hearing more about our future champions of the trade.  I hope that through our competition more people will be inspired to consider a career in the trade as a chosen career path. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

Visit to find out more about the apprentices and the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition.

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