Since its arrival in 2005, The Apprentice and its synonymous catchphrase have blared out across televisions across the UK. While Lord Sugar and his ‘apprentices’ divide opinion, the determination and ingenuity displayed by the most capable contestants are qualities that can be found amongst a plethora of British people who have done much to embrace and propel the apprentice agenda.
One former Apprentice contestant has already made it to the gates of Buckingham Palace. In 2012, Timothy Campbell, the winner of the show’s first series, received an MBE for his for services to Enterprise Culture. Tim established the Bright Ideas Trust to encourage and assist young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to begin their own entrepreneurial journey. Budding entrepreneurs now benefit from greater access to start-up finance and mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs.
For his work supporting people with disabilities into apprenticeships, Peter Little, was made an OBE for his services to disabled people. Peter was commission by the government in 2011 to analyse and evaluate the current situation. Since the publication of his report, Peter’s recommendations have helped to spurn a wider range of apprenticeships for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Most recently, the principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College, Asha Kemka (pictured above), was one of many women celebrating after the announcement of the 2014 New Year Honours lists. Under her inspirational leadership, West Nottinghamshire College has become the largest college provider of apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds in England. Upon receiving her honour, she became the first Indian born woman to receive a damehood in over eighty years.
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