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Friday, 18 April 2014

Deadline nears in search to find Carlisle's next business success

A deadline is looming in the race to become Carlisle’s next big business success.

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Entrepreneur: Robin Brown

A search has been launched to find the city’s very own Young Apprentice.

Inspired by the success of Lord Alan Sugar’s Apprentice spin-off, Carlisle Youth Zone hopes to give one budding businessman or woman a springboard to success.

They have teamed up with city-based System Training – a firm headed by Carlisle entrepreneur Robin Brown – to offer an apprenticeship to one unemployed youngster aged between 16 and 21.

But, they will first have to complete challenges to test their entrepreneurial potential and ability to think on their feet.

Youth Zone chiefs hope their efforts will help highlight and address some of the problems caused by youth unemployment in Carlisle.

And they are urging those interested in being part of the project to get their CVs in before the cut-off for applications in the middle on this month.

People interested in taking part must apply online at www.youngapprentice.org.uk. Help is, however, available from the Youth Zone for those needing support creating their CV.

From those who apply, about 16 are expected to be selected for interview by a panel of judges.

They will be whittled down to eight, who will be split into teams to take on a series of tasks before the final two go head to head. Opportunities will be available through the scheme for work experience with companies in Carlisle.

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