Junior apprentice winner crowned

Junior apprentice winner crowned

Samuel Ogundana (bottom right) was crowned champion of junior apprentice Edmonton 2014

Daniel Shilingford, the youth minister for Edmonton Baptist Church, was one of the judges for the competition

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Twenty candidates tried and now one has emerged successful.

Samuel Ogundana, 16, of Wyfield Gardens, has been crowned the winner of the young apprentice in Edmonton for 2014.

Teenagers have been battling it out during the past two weeks to take the prize and Mr Ogundana will go on to compete in the London Apprentice event set up by Hebe Foundation, a Christian Youth organisation.

The 16-year-old was involved in three winning teams during the challenges and was project manager for two of them.

Challenges involved finding items in Edmonton shopping centre, buying them for the lowest amount of money, and creating their own fashion brand.

The aspiring entrepreneur said: “This programme has given me a great experience that I can take into the working world. It also gives me an advantage and I feel more confident in my abilities due to the many skills I have learnt.

“It’s a great feeling to win for my area. I was very close to winning last year and to win this year was truly great. It has been a humbling experience. It's a blessing to represent Edmonton Green. I will try and to do my best to try and win for the church”

Daniel Shilingford, the youth minister for Edmonton Baptist Church, in Monmouth Street, said: 'I am really proud of Samuel, he showed a great ability to adapt and learn, and has implemented the ideas and advice given to him in the boardroom, hence being the winner.

“The whole church is working together as we speak to help Samuel produce four garments from his collection 'inner city kids'.

“He will go up against nine other churches involved in the Hebe Junior apprentice programme, where he will do a fashion showcasing his garments. He will then be interviewed by a panel of judges and an overall winner announce.”

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