Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand takes notes from Lord Sugar… as he tells apprentice ‘you’re hired’

Manchester United hotshot Rio Ferdinand has become a Lord Sugar-style apprentice guru to help youngsters get on the jobs ladder.

The United defender, 35, agreed to take on apprentices at his trendy restaurant so they can be taught tricks of the culinary trade.

Today, Ferdinand showed off first apprentice Rhys Owen, 18, at his Rosso eaterie.

The move is part of a scheme by Britain’s biggest further education college to place 50 local young people into jobs in five days.

Ferdinand said: ”Obviously there is only one Lord Sugar but giving people opportunities in life is something close to my heart.

”Getting young people on the jobs ladder is something I have to do – and it was a no brainer to get involved in this.

The United stalwart says he wants to give the youngsters a bit of help, something which he was grateful for as a youngster.

”Everyone needs help to get somewhere in life,” He said. “I had help as a kid and I had a bit of luck here and there as well. If you can get someone else working and doing well then it is something that you can sit and be proud of.

”I am just doing my little bit to help other people.”

Former soldier Owen, from Heywood said he is raring to go.

“This is a great opportunity – food is my passion and I love cooking,” he said.

”After spending years cooking for family and friends I can’t wait to get started working in a professional kitchen under a great chef.”

John Thornhill, Chief Executive at The Manchester College which set up the jobs scheme, believes it will be of great benefit to the city.

“As a college we are growing our apprenticeship provision in the city, specifically focusing on those in work or looking to up skill, and developing a provision that meets the needs of the Greater Manchester job market.

“This week’s initiative is all about highlighting the benefits of Apprenticeships to both young people looking for work and employers looking for a skilled workforce.

”By helping 50 young people get into the job market we are continuing our support of the local business community and celebrating the regions young people and businesses.”

Story via Cavendish Press.

Image courtesy of Rio Ferdinand Presents #5 Magazine, via YouTube, with thanks.

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