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Two heating engineers are in the Screwfix Trade Apprentice final

Two aspiring heating engineers have secured a place in the final of the Screwfix Trade Apprentice award. Dylan Tonge from Bolton and Ethan Wynn from Buxton are heading to the two-day in London in May, having made it past 1,800 applications.

As well as competing for the award, both are studying for qualifications. Dylan is working for his Plumbing and Domestic Heating Level 3 Apprenticeship at City Skills, Salford College. He was shortlisted for demonstrating his passion, dedication and ambition for his chosen trade, which shone through during the semi-finals. As a mature apprentice, having been in the army for nine years previously, Dylan was inspired to take up a career in plumbing and heating when he started to renovate his own home.

He said: “I’d like to use this platform to continue to advocate to others, particularly those looking for a career change later in life. You are never too old to follow your passions and make it a successful career.”

Ethan, 21, studied Level 3 Gas Engineering at Chesterfield College and has recently finished the third and final year of studies. He is keen to continue learning and is considering additional courses in sustainability to further his knowledge on renewable energy.

He said: “I’m very proud to be representing the hard work and dedication of all trade apprentices and I’m looking forward to showcasing my passion in front of the judges.”

Dylan and Ethan hope to impress the judging panel for a chance to be named the winner at the event on 3 May 2024. The Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2024 champion will receive a career-boosting trade bundle of tools, tech and training worth £10,000.

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