The Apprentice star Courtney Wood visits Chelmsford College for National Apprenticeship Week

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students at Chelmsford College have been inspired by a talk given by BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ star Courtney Wood. 

Courtney gained fame when he appeared on Series 12 of the BBC’s popular television show The Apprentice. He narrowly missing out on the £250,000 prize-money after appearing in the final against Alana Spencer. Now, Courtney is a successful entrepreneur in his own right as the Founder and Company Director of Bubblegum Stuff, an online novelty gift business. 

During his talk at the college, Courtney spoke at length about his experiences of being on the show, but students were just as interested to hear about how he set up his own business. He discussed the risks he has taken as a businessman and the challenges he has faced in working to grow Bubblegum Stuff.

Courtney gave the students three key pieces of advice. Firstly, he recommended that students spend time finding a business that both excites them and matches their individual skills. Secondly, he advised them all to work as hard as they can in their chosen career path, and finally, he told them that they should never give up on an idea that they are passionate about.

Claire Wood, Lecturer in Business Studies at Chelmsford College, said:

“Our PJEA students were incredibly inspired by Courtney’s talk, and asked endless questions over refreshments when it had finished. They were very appreciative of his advice, and definitely learned a lot from his experiences.”

Courtney visited the college as part of the PJEA’s National Apprenticeship Week programme. National Apprenticeship Week celebrates successful apprenticeships and encourages more people to consider them.