WORCESTERSHIRE apprentices are being encouraged to enter an award organised by Screwfix.

The search for the top trade apprentice has been launched by Screwfix, which has stores in Great Malvern and Worcester.

The Screwfix Trade Apprentice Award 2018 award celebrates the great young trade apprentices who are learning and earning in the county.

The competition is open for entries and is designed to find the finest trade apprentices or full time apprentice students in the nation.

One winner will be rewarded with an ultimate prize package worth £10,000 to help them to step onto the career ladder in the best possible way.

The most impressive entries from the region will be selected to go head-to-head at a national final at Google headquarters in London, where one person will win the title and receive a brilliant business start-up pack including a laptop with accessories, £5,000 worth of Screwfix products and funds for future training and courses.

Graham Bell, Screwfix chief executive, said: “We truly believe that we, along with the rest of the industry, have a duty to support the next generation of tradespeople.

"Therefore, it’s important we play our part in encouraging and inspiring those who have chosen to undertake an apprenticeship.

"The Screwfix Trade Apprentice Award is one of the many ways we are highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and supporting those who are starting out in a career in the trade."

Entries are open until March 4, with the overall winner being awarded Screwfix Top Trade Apprentice 2018 at Google Head Office in April.

Previous winner William Ellis said: “Winning has enabled me to pursue my dream and advance my studies. This has been an amazing opportunity and a brilliant step into launching my career. I’d recommend any trade apprentice applies for this competition."

To apply or for more details visit screwfix.com/sfta.