The Apprentice with Sir Alan Sugar starts on the 25th March. I can’t wait for the annual pressure cooker that is the BBC’s Apprentice programme.
From the moment you hear the Apprentice music to the introduction of the first task to the final boardroom show down it’s all fun and you can even pick up a few business lessons along the way.
And as well as splitting the teams into boys versus girls it looks as though it’s the North against the South too. The girls are mainly from the South and the boys mainly from the North.
And so who do we have? Well for a start we have a drop out. Someone didn’t want to be away from their family for a possible 12 weeks so retired before filming began.
The Apprentice Girls Team
The Apprentice 2009 girls team is made up as follows:
|Anita Shah||35||Business Strategist||Birmingham|
|Debra Barr||24||Senior sales consultant||Surrey|
|Kate Walsh||27||Licensing Development Manager||Hampshire|
|Kimberly Davis||33||Marketing consultant||London|
|Lorraine Tighe||36||National Accounts Manager||Kent|
|Mona Lewis||28||Senior Financial Manager||Kent|
|Paula Jones||29||Human Resource Consultant||Walsall|
We’ve seen how marketing consultants and human resources people work on the Apprentice. Let’s hope these improve the batting average.
The Apprentice Boys Team
The Apprentice 2009 boys team is made up as follows:
|Ben Clarke||22||Trainee Stockbroker||Belfast|
|Howard Ebison||24||Retail Business Manager||Derby|
|James McQuillan||32||Senior Commercial Manager||Surrey|
|Majid Nagra||28||Business Development Manager||Coventry|
|Noorul Choudhury||33||Science Teacher||Rochdale|
|Phillip Taylor||29||Estate Agent||County Durham|
|Rocky Andrews||21||Sandwich chain owner||North Yokshire|
Howard could be someone to watch as I laughed out loud when I saw the quote the BBC attributed to him:
I am a credible businessman who wants to go far. I’m incredibly ambitious. If I don’t go far down this route I shall go far down another route.
The favourite must surely be Rocky Andrews. After all with a name like Rocky you’ve got to live up to peoples expectations, just like in the Rocky films he’s going to come good in his final fight!. Plus he currently earns more than is being offered as Sir Alan’s apprentice running his chain of 15 sandwich shops! So presumably he knows something about the nitty gritty of real business.