Merseyside teen on Junior Apprentice

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Patrick McDowell on this year’s Young Apprentice © BBC

An aspiring fashion designer from Merseyside is in this year’s Young Apprentice show with Lord Sugar.

Patrick McDowell from Greasby is one of 12 candidates for the show, which returns to the BBC’s screens this Thursday.

Candidates will be competing for the £25,000 prize over an eight week period. The 16-year-old fashion entrepreneur said: “It’s incredible to have this chance to do what I love most.

“I love working with textiles to create unusual and stunning effects. It would be fantastic to use my skills one day to have a career in the fashion industry.”

Patrick is currently studying his AS levels at St Mary’s Catholic College in Wallasey. He has already made significant achievements in the fashion world, earning the title of the youngest ever Textile Designer of the Year award at the age of 13.

The fashion and textiles student creates his own designs using existing clothing and transforming it.

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