Thu 24 Feb 22
The Apprentice star Brittany Carter shared the secrets of the boardroom with students when she returned to the Edge Hotel School.
The hotly-tipped contestant on the Sir Alan Sugar-fronted BBC One show met the hospitality industry’s future leaders at The University of Essex-based school where she learnt her trade.
She even revisited her roots during the visit by manning reception and whipped up a cocktail in the hotel’s bar.
Brittany, 25, was in the students’ shoes five years ago, completing her BA in Hotel Management in 2017, then going on to forge a successful career, before entering the Apprentice.
She met roughly 30 budding hotel managers in the historic Wivenhoe House, in Colchester – the home of the ground-breaking school, which gives students hands-on experience in a real-life functioning 4* business.
Brittany revealed how her course kickstarted her career and told the students “what you learn at Edge is going to be paramount in the business world” and “how just having Edge Hotel on your CV sets you apart from other applicants”.
They asked her about her roles with Marriott, her new alcoholic protein shake brand Maintain the Gain, and how she was coping with her sudden rise to fame.
Brittany said: “My time at the Edge Hotel School has so many happy memories, but it also prepared me for my time in the Hospitality Industry and was so useful to me during The Apprentice.
“The practical experience at the Wivenhoe House gives you the edge over other graduates from other Universities and gives you the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in whatever you decide to do.
“I will always look back fondly on my time here and it was so great to meet the students, it feels like yesterday I was sitting where they are!”
As well as meeting students Brittany was reunited with her former lecturers and enjoyed lunch at the hotel’s restaurant - the brasserie.
The eatery offers affordable high-end food in the University’s stunning award-winning grounds and is open to the public.
During Tuesday’s visit, Brittany was welcomed by Adrian Martin, Vice Principal at Edge Hotel School.
He said: “The Edge Hotel School has so many success stories with our students going on to be leading lights in the hospitality industry – but it is not every day that one of them goes on to compete in The Apprentice!
“It was fantastic to have Brittany come back and talk to our students and share the experience she has gained in the industry.
“Her career was already successful with Marriott Hotels, but with the TV show and her brand-new business “Maintain the Gain” she is a great role model, and they were very excited to meet her and we will continue to cheer her on.”