Ashleigh on firm footing thanks to Sheffield firm

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A SHEFFIELD recruitment firm has helped Ashleigh Porter-Exley – winner of TV show The Young Apprentice – in her quest to turn her small- screen victory into a real business future.

The junior entrepreneur from Wath, Rotherham, was chosen as Lord Sugar’s winner after weeks of challenges.

Now, thanks to help from Benchmark Recruit, she has secured a post as sales executive with Rotherham firm C Roberts Steel Services.

“Sales has always been one of my strong points and the company is vibrant and busy which matches my personality,” said the 18-year-old.

Benchmark director Amy Tingle said: “We were delighted that, following her victory, Ashleigh turned to us to help make the correct choice of career path.

“She has the drive and determination to achieve so much and we felt this new post would help her develop valuable skills in the business world.”

Ashleigh got her first job at 13, working at a deli in her local indoor market. As soon as she turned 16 she printed 100 CVs and approached companies in Meadowhall directly, landing her first job at Barratts shoes.

“Of course, being The Young Apprentice has been a strong thing to have on my CV,” she said. “The show has made me more patient, though. I’ve had to really weigh up decisions and take time and not just jump at the first thing.”