Belfast Telegraph

Apprentice winner Joseph Valente 'a very kind boss'

A co-worker of newly crowned Apprentice winner, Joseph Valente, says he is a very kind and generous boss.

Plumbing business owner Valente, who was expelled from school at 15, won Lord Alan Sugar's £250,000 backing and a 50/50 business partnership on the BBC Show.

The 26-year-old said he would be calling for a push in workplace apprenticeships as he felt "apprenticeships are going to be the backbone of this country".

A supervisor at the offices of his company, Impra-Gas, in Peterborough joined his other co-workers today in celebrating Valente's success.

"We're over the moon and well proud of him," said John Montgomery.

"I've been in the plumbing business for 23 years and when I came to work with him, I learnt a lot more. He's very good at his job," he added.

"He's just good to work around, he's very helpful, he cares about his workers, it's not just about his business."

The team at his company have not yet seen him to celebrate following his win.

Valente was expelled for being "too disruptive" at school, which he admitted was "fair enough".

He was crowned the 11th winner of the show over contestant Vana Koutsomitis, who had pitched to launch a dating app.

On picking him as the winner, Lord Sugar said: "Joseph is a great example of what's possible.

"He turned his life around and decided he was going to go to work and here he is today, a well-deserved winner of The Apprentice and I look forward to him being my business partner."


From Belfast Telegraph