Life’s not all about apps, you need to get on with peo­ple

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

they want to make it at univer­sity, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to get a job later on that will hope­fully pro­pel you to a bet­ter salary, but also that it comes with an in­evitable price: stu­dent debt.”

As in pre­vi­ous se­ries, the Ap­pren­tice tasks in the new pro­grammes are “old school” — which has at­tracted crit­i­cism. In the first episode aired this week, can­di­dates were told to hag­gle for fish in Billings­gate Mar­ket. Fu­ture chal­lenges will see hope­fuls sell pet prod­ucts at The Na­tional Pet Show, and be­come party plan­ners.

Are these skills re­ally in­te­gral to Bri­tish busi­ness to­day, or are they out­dated in an era of dot­com bil­lion­aires and the mantra of “fail­ing fast”?

“Alan is look­ing for some­one who has old-fash­ioned skills and the skills that are re­quired in to­day’s and to­mor­row’s world,” says Lit­tner, de­fend­ing the for­mat. “You can’t just say: ‘It’s all about apps’.

“What you’re try­ing to dis­cover with these ap­pren­tices, is their abil­ity to sell, buy, ne­go­ti­ate and show in­tu­ition.

“There’s no doubt in to­day’s econ­omy, that apps and so­cial net­work­ing are im­por­tant. But it’s also about get­ting on with other

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