GREENHEAD College student Andrew Tindall has been given the boot by Lord Sugar.
Andrew, 16, heard the dreaded words: “You’re fired!” on last night’s episode of the hit BBC series The Young Apprentice.
He and fellow contestant Steven Cole were both rejected by the tycoon at the semi-final stage.
It was a blow for Andrew, of Lindley, but he said he had relished the challenge of taking part in the programme.
“I was disappointed, naturally, but I can see why Lucy Beauvallet stayed as she had never been in the final three in the boardroom before.
“And I was trying to think of something decent to say, other than the classic ‘Thanks for the opportunity’ line!”
Andrew was part of the Odyssey team in last night’s show.
They and their rivals on Platinum team had to pick and sell items for a festival, and Andrew’s team chose to market a portable washing machine.
But in the summing up, Lord Sugar says he struggled to understand why they picked the portable washing machine product, rather than a disposable toilet.
The tycoon said: “Andrew – it’s difficult for me to turn a blind eye to the fact that you’ve been in the losing team six times.
“I really like you as a person. There was a stage earlier on in the process where I thought, perhaps he’s just one of these chirpy chappy chancers.
“Actually, I see now that you are really a charming young man. I like your matter of fact, no nonsense, no waffle way of putting things. Dare I say, you remind me a little bit of me when I was your age.
“Unfortunately, I’ve got to make a decision. That decision is, as painful as it is, with regret, Andrew – I’m going to say that, You’re fired!”
Lord Sugar quickly handed Andrew his business card, telling him: “I wish you all the best of luck and stay as you are. Keep in touch.”
Andrew, who has five brothers, is studying for A-levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Greenhead College.
The former school prefect first started earning money at the age of 10, selling greeting cards and donating 20% of the profits to charity.
Here’s his view of the series:
Have you enjoyed the experience of being on Young Apprentice?
I have enjoyed the process so much. It was amazing and I would do it again and again.
What were the best moments for you?
I loved it when I won the task as Project Manager, but I also enjoyed spending time with the other candidates and our days off together. I made some great friends in the process.
What were the worst moments for you?
Losing six times was never fun, but I learned from what went wrong in each of the tasks.
What’s it like being face-to-face with Lord Sugar when you’re in the final three?
It is a lot of pressure but he appreciates you telling the truth and being honest. If you don’t lie, you can’t go far wrong! I quite liked him (and still do!).
What have you learned from the experience?
I learnt the importance of saying it how it is and being professional. Don’t mince your words, no-one appreciates that.
What are your hopes for the future?
I am keen to go into medicine but marketing, branding and design really interested me in the process, so I could definitely see myself doing one of those as well.