Aged 18, James McCullagh shot to fame on series 2
of the BBC’s The Young Apprentice in 2011, fighting
off stiff competition to become runner-up. He is currently
studying for A-levels in Economics, English, Spanish,
and Biology, having been awarded the joint-highest
score in Northern Ireland in GCSE Economics.
James describes himself as a risk-taker and a natural
businessman, and was tipped by judge Nick Hewer
to be a future First Minister of Northern Ireland!
He plans to pursue further study of Economics at
University and hopes to be the director of a large
multi-national company in the future before starting
his own business.
"In many ways James McCullagh was unlucky not to win Young Apprentice 2011. We were all
tremendously impressed with his maturity, imagination and sure grasp of business principles.
His wry sense of humour and ability to get to the nub of a problem swiftly was also noted, as
was his ability to take decisive action. We liked him a lot and are confident that he will succeed
in whatever career he chooses.”
“I had the pleasure of observing James on many occasions during the filming of Young Apprentice
in 2011. James had very firm ideas on how he wanted the tasks to run, and had a clear vision on
the outcome that he wished to achieve. He also was quick to adapt in a team environment and
got the best out of people by identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
He learnt to be sensitive to others as the process went on, showing real maturity to adapt and
learn as the process evolved. He has a logical mind, is a clear thinker and is not afraid to change
decisions if he feels there is a better solution. I am sure that he would do well in whatever field he
chooses to pursue.”
“I found James very quick to learn from his mistakes and pick up on things rapidly. He seemed to
get the plot very quickly on all the tasks I set and summarise the main reasons to bring success or
failure. He has a good analytical brain which I am sure he will put to good use in the future in the
commercial or public service world.”