16-year-old Mahamed Awale became the first victim of the Young Apprentice board room this evening as the boys were thrashed by the girls in a task to design, produce and sell a range of frozen desserts.
In the boardroom, and neither team looked to have hit it off after the gruelling first task.
Cracks immediately appeared on the boys’ team as Mahamed stepped forward in an attempt to take credit for creating the product’s theme but a furious James hit back: “That is completely incorrect!”
Over on the girls’ team a similar scene emerged as they failed to see eye to eye but Nick Hewer stepped in and concluded: “It was just embarrassingly out of control!”
Lord Sugar quickly silences the rowing teams as he read out the figures.
The boys’ team Atomic spent £117.92 and took £677.17 making a profit of £559.25
The girls’ team Kinetic spent £131 and took £839.34 making a profit of £708.34
Back in the boardroom a tense showdown ensued with each candidate passing the buck in an attempt to steer clear of the firing line but PM Harry H eventually decided to bring back James and Mahamed, refusing to be swayed by James’ last ditch attempt at saving his position.
As tensions rose, James insisted: “I was the man with the ideas, everything came from me. Nobody else had any ideas when it came to the branding at all. I came up with the concept and the name, I was the one that pulled in most of the attraction.”
Sensing his demise, Mahamed again claimed that he was the brains behind the operation with Harry H interrupting: “Lord Sugar this is turning into a long list of Mahamed’s achievements and it is completely unfounded.”
Having heard enough, Lord Sugar prepared to deliver the dreaded verdict: “James as an economist which you claim to be, your idea of reducing the cost to £1 would have been absolutely suicidal.
"Mahamed you’ve convinced yourself that you were responsible for the majority of the sales, which you weren’t.
"Harry you were the project leader and there was a flaw in not noticing that the mobile team had the most potential."
Concluding, Lord Sugar said: "It’s difficult because you’ve come from thousands of applicants and you are the young prospects… but, Mahamed; You’re Fired!”
As he is driven away Mahamed said: “I’m really surprised at being fired but at the end of the day I’m still going to be a success and it will be Lord Sugar who regrets it.”
With one candidate down, Lord Sugar's hunt for a Young Apprentice continues...