Two Bolton apprentices are in with the chance of winning £10,000 worth of tools in a contest run by a major retailer.

Dylan Tonge, who is learning his trade as a heating engineer, and Lily Moore, who is training as painter and decorator, have reached the semi-final stage of Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2024.

Marking a decade of the nationwide competition which shines a light on the UK and Ireland’s very best future talent, this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice received more than 1,800 applications.

Dylan, 28, is studying a plumbing and domestic heating Level 3 apprenticeship at City Skills, Salford College.

The Bolton News: Dylan Tonge

He said: "For me, an apprenticeship isn’t just about learning new skills, it’s helped me unlock a passion.

“I became an apprentice at 28 after a nine-year career in the army.

"I was inspired after renovating my own home and found I had loved plumbing and heating.

"I like the idea that eventually I will be able to install sustainable heating systems such as air source heat pumps and will also be able to decommission older gas systems, all to work towards the UK’s net zero target.”

Lily, 18, was nominated by her employer, Andrew Hamilton, part owner of AR Décor.

Andrew said: “Since Lily started with us, she has been an absolute breath of fresh air.

"She absolutely loves her job and has even started an Instagram and TikTok account to show off her progress, creating fun and interesting videos while on the job.

"My business partner and I both think that Lily is an ideal candidate for Screwfix Trade Apprentice and will go very far in this trade.”

The Bolton News: Lilly Moore

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Lily said: “I’m really proud to have made it to the semi-finals and I’m excited to showcase my story so far. I hope it’s enough to secure my place in the final and be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2024."

This year’s final will return to London in May, where the top 10 apprentices will face a panel of industry experts to showcase why they believe they should be this year’s champion.

Only one will be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice and receive a career-boosting £10,000 trade bundle made up of tools, tech and training.