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Former contestant on TV's The Apprentice sets up enterprise scheme at Fulham school

The Apprentice semi-finalist Jamie Lester set up the scheme which Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green has incorporated into its curriculum

Jamie Lester's enterprise scheme at Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green is now part of the curriculum

Students are taking steps to become the next Sir Alan Sugar after their school has chosen to include an enterprise scheme set up by a former star of TV show The Apprentice.

Year nine pupils at Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green started taking part in the scheme in 2012 after Jamie Lester, who starred in 2010’s TV series, The Apprentice, started the project.

He set the 13 and 14-year-olds research and marketing tasks and they created and sold their products at school, mirroring The Apprentice’s formula. Mr Lester, who founded award-winning Haus Properties, then evaluated their plans and sales strategies and gave them advice on how to make it in the business world.

Jamie Lester made it to the semi-finals of The Apprentice after impressing Sir Alan Sugar

It has proved such a success that teachers at the school have decided to incorporate the enterprise scheme into its official curriculum in a bid to give girls at the school a boost for when they leave.

Mr Lester said: “It is such an honour to mentor these bright young people. It is essential for students to feel inspired and able to turn their talents and ideas into reality.

“The once traditional schooling of mathematics, science and technology is becoming somewhat outdated in terms of how we prepare the younger generation for today’s fast paced business world. This scheme illustrates how practical tasks help to ensure that pupils use an array of skills i.e. maths, business and teamwork – skills that are invaluable when it comes to the world of work. We should endeavour to continue and encourage the entrepreneurialism in children, who could be our business leaders of tomorrow.”

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