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‘You’re hired’ as weekly finds its apprentice

A weekly newspaper’s campaign to find an assistant for a former contestant from The Apprentice has resulted in a job for one of its readers.

The Wakefield Express launched a contest to find an apprentice for Claire Young, who was runner up in Alan Sugar’s TV contest two years ago.

She wanted to find an employee for her new business School Speakers and teamed up with her local paper to help her search for ‘The Apprentice’s Apprentice’.

Now 24-year-old Emily Woodcock has been told ‘You’re hired’ after being picked for the administrative role, beating off competition from four other finalists interviewed by the celebrity businesswoman.

She will work with Claire and her business partner Cat Yaffe to inspire young people by finding talented business speakers for schools.

  • Claire Young is pictured on the paper’s logo for the campaign.
  • Assistant editor Lisa Bradley said: “We launched the competition in a bid to try and support our readers who are struggling to find work.

    “Claire and Catherine have pledged to offer their support to all our finalists with advice to help them get back into the job market and I’m delighted that we have managed to find just one person a job at the end of it.

    “Just knowing that has made the whole competition worthwhile.”

    Claire turned to the Wakefield Express for help to find her apprentice after becoming frustrated with the poor standards of previous applicants.

    She said: “Everyone who reached the interview stage was of a really high standard.

    “But Emily had a great attitude and a fantastic approach. She is clearly very hard-working. Attitude is so important because with the right attitude you can learn any skill.”