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Mattie is Haverhill school’s latest Apprentice

This years winner of the Apprentice competion at Castle Manor is Mattie Kaminski 14.

FL; Mattie Kaminski 14 and local business director John Baillie.

This years winner of the Apprentice competion at Castle Manor is Mattie Kaminski 14. FL; Mattie Kaminski 14 and local business director John Baillie.

A budding teenage entrepreneur has showcased his business acumen by winning a school’s annual Apprentice challenge.

A budding teenage entrepreneur has showcased his business acumen by winning a school’s annual Apprentice challenge.

Castle Manor Academy students took part in the competition, which ran every day last week.

On Monday morning the eight candidates were invited to go to the school’s business and training centre to take part in the competition.

Each day they were presented with a task to complete in the morning before appearing in ‘The Boardroom’ in the afternoon to meet with ‘Lord Sugar’ – local businessman and vice chairman of the school’s governing body, John Baillie.

On day three the teams each produced some marketing materials for local singers Jade Donno and Dale Bennet.

Dale had created a song for the competition which was the focus of their marketing.

The final day’s challenge was to deliver a sales pitch to the academy in a special live final and encourage more students to apply next year.

The final two candidates were Greg Bush and Mattie Kaminski, who fought hard to win the prize, an iPad sponsored by Haverhill Research Park.

In the end Mr Baillie announced that Mattie was the winner.

“When I started the competition I wasn’t really too bothered about the prize, but wanted to enjoy the competition,” said Mattie.

“It’s been a real challenge though and I know now that every time I pick up that iPad I’m going to think about the challenges of the week and how much fun it has been.

“It was really good to speak with and work with different people.

“People that I wouldn’t normally talk to, but we’ve learnt to get along and work with one another.”

Mr Baillie added: “It has been a tough week, with lots to take in each day and of course lots of work to do in between the competition.

“It has been really worthwhile though and seeing each of the students give

their best has been wonderful. All of the candidates did really well and put in lots of effort.

“They should all feel proud of their achievements.”

Castle manor Academy would like to thank John Baillie for giving up his time throughout the week and also Haverhill Research Park for their generous donation of the prize.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 29) Echo.

 

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