Brittany Carter, a competitor in the current series of The Apprentice on BBC 1, visited her former school to offer students advice on life after education.
Brittany, who left Colston’s Girls’ School ten years ago, is now a sales manager with Marriott Hotels in Bristol and one of 12 hopefuls bidding to win the support of Lord Alan Sugar and fellow judges Baroness Karren Brady and Tim Campbell.
She returned to what is now Montpelier High School and V6 Sixth Form in Montpelier, Bristol, to speak with students during National Apprenticeship Week. Brittany gave a talk to the whole school about careers, further education and apprenticeship opportunities.
She also met the school’s own apprentices, Team Chenna, who have spent the past few months competing with other budding entrepreneurs in Bristol schools as part of the national Young Enterprise (YE) contest. YE gives young people a taste of the world of work and the excitement of running their own business, in partnership with businesses and volunteers.
Students from throughout the school submitted questions to Brittany. As well as asking about what it’s like to be part of a TV show and to be in a boardroom opposite Lord Sugar, students also asked about apprenticeship opportunities and the advantages of on-the-job training compared with an academic route. Brittany also answered questions about her own school days: her favourite subjects, teachers and which house she had been in.
After the visit, Brittany wrote on her social media: “It was such a pleasure to return to my secondary school, @MontpelierHigh, to speak to the girls about my career journey and being a woman in business. The students are so talented and I have no doubt they will take the business world by storm!”
Montpelier High School principal, Kerry McCullagh, said: “Brittany was a really inspirational visitor and a fantastic speaker to welcome to our school during National Apprenticeship Week. We’re proud to have her as a former student and we wish her all the best for the rest of the series of The Apprentice.”
The show began its 12-week run on January 6. The eventual winner will be given the opportunity to become Lord Sugar’s business partner.