A MERSEYSIDE teenager was pipped to the title in the final of TV’s Young Apprentice.
Patrick McDowell, a 17-year- old fashion and textiles student from Greasby, Wirral, was pitted against fellow young business hopefuls Ashleigh, Lucy and Maria in last night’s final episode.
The task – which saw him teamed up with Maria – was to create a new sportswear brand as well as an accompanying viral video, before pitching their idea to industry experts.
But they lost out to rivals Ashleigh and Lucy – and show boss Lord Sugar picked aspiring accountant Ashleigh to take the £25,000 prize.
Patrick, who is currently studying AS Levels at St Mary’s Catholic college, in Wallasey, said taking part in the show was an “amazing experience” and he was now more business- savvy.
He said: “I loved it. It showed me how to speak up for myself and be myself.
“It has become clear to me that being who I am is so important in life, being true to yourself is really the only way you can be.
“It was a great privilege to make it to the final. It was an amazing experience and I loved working with such a unique set of people.
“I knew it before I came on the show but it has certainly reaffirmed for me that I want a career as a fashion designer.”