Will Sean be hired or fired by Lord Sugar?

Sean Spooner, 16, of Corby, bottom left, who is taking part in new series of Young Apprentice
Sean Spooner, 16, of Corby, bottom left, who is taking part in new series of Young Apprentice

A Corby teenager who was named the world’s youngest publisher is out to convince Lord Sugar he’s worth hiring.

Sean Spooner, 16, of Corby, is one of 12 young candidates picked to take part in the Bafta award-winning series Young Apprentice.

The Brooke Weston Academy student, who is studying for BTECs in Double IT and eBusiness, will be out to impress when the BBC series starts on Thursday.

Workaholic Sean launched Corby Magazine when he was just 14 and when he’s not working, he enjoys photography and current affairs. His ambition is to run a publishing enterprise.

Sean said: “When I want to do something or get somewhere I put everything I have into it and, unless it’s a sinking ship, I don’t stop until I get there.”

His next venture is a new men’s magazine which he plans to launch at the end of the year.

The latest series of Young Apprentice will run for eight episodes and Sean and the other candidates will undertake challenging tasks, testing their abilities to the limit.

They will face the same cut-throat competition as the adult series and the winner will have access to a £25,000 fund to kick-start their business career.

“The budding moguls have been selected from thousands of young people after impressing Lord Sugar with their creativity, determination, entrepreneurial flair and smart business sense.

Meeting them in the boardroom, he warned: “I don’t like teacher’s pets and I don’t like school bullies. This is about the real world. I’m not making you sit exams; the only grade you’ll get here is ‘F’ for Fired.”

Tasks Sean and the others will face include designing a new cookbook, sourcing props for the English National Opera and branding a hair-styling product. He will live in a luxury mansion in Hampstead, while the programme is being made.