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Stafford enterprise students hear The Apprentice star's story of working for Lord Alan Sugar

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

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STAFFORD College welcomed the first VIP guest of the new Enterprise Hub this week, when 400 students attended special audiences with entrepreneur and winner of The Apprentice, Lee McQueen.

Lee, who is the son of a milkman, beat 20,000 candidates to land a role with Lord Sugar and famously secured the top job having never had to endure the gruelling boardroom showdown.

Having gained experience in management within the recruitment industry before proving himself on The Apprentice, Lee was awarded a £100,000-a-year role helping to set up Amscreen.

As Development Director of Amscreen, Lee secured the first crucial deal with BP, which saw the digital signage screens installed in hundreds of the company’s petrol stations.

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Lee left Amscreen to start his own business, Raw Talent Academy.

The award-winning organisation specialises in recruiting talented sales staff. He works extensively with career-minded colleges to help students make the leap from education to employment and to deliver motivational talks inspiring young people to aim for success.

Today Lee spent the day at Stafford College, delivering a series of talks to students interested in his route to business success as well as his experience on the iconic television show.

“Enterprise is hugely important to the college”, said Gill Moss, curriculum area manager at Stafford College.

“That has been emphasised this week with the launch of the new Enterprise Hub will which will provide a very wide range of services and facilities to help our students succeed in business or to become entrepreneurs.

“A key facet of The Enterprise Hub is a programme of visiting speakers and we were delighted that Lee McQueen could become our inaugural guest and get the new term off to such a great start.”

The college is aware that many former students go on to form their own businesses either in their home town or further afield.

The Enterprise Hub is part of a drive to support future entrepreneurs while they learn, ensuring that they have opportunities to gain business acumen and an understanding of the legal and financial aspects of self-employment as well as a valuable vocational qualification. It is expected that the innovative Enterprise Hub will attract the attention of other leading figures in business and enterprise keen to offer a helping hand to local entrepreneurs.

“We have already had a great deal of interest in the Enterprise Hub, not only from students keen to learn more about business but from organisations and individuals who want to give their backing to the initiative”, Gill added.

“Our students can look forward to learning from other inspirational leaders like Lee.”  

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