Nottingham apprentice honoured with community award

Nottingham plumbing apprentice, Leanne Dainty, 28, has received the first ever community award in the final of Screwfix’s Trade Apprentice 2019 competition.

As well as working towards her Level 3 Plumbing and Heating qualification at Nottingham College, Leanne has given up her own time to complete work at a women’s refuge charity, helping maintain the premises. Leanne had to borrow all the tools from her employer to carry out the projects in properties for vulnerable women. It is because of this Screwfix honoured Leanne with a community award of £1,000 to buy everything she needs to continue making a difference.

During the national final at Google HQ in London, Leanne competed in a series of tasks against nine other finalists. The tasks included a panel interview with judges from across the construction industry. It was clear to everyone what a role model Leanne is, not only to women entering the plumbing and heating sector, but also to inspire youngsters to go the extra mile for others in the community.

Leanne said: “Taking part in the Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition has been such an amazing experience. I’ve enjoyed it all and I am honoured to walk away with this award. The money will really help me to support the women I’ve been working with and I hope it helps me to make a real difference to their lives.”