Former North Hertfordshire College student stars in BBC One’s The Apprentice
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A former student from North Hertfordshire College has appeared on TV’s The Apprentice.
Oli White featured in episode four of the BBC One series – just one year after completing a media production course.
The 19-year-old helped Team Summit win the challenge by promoting their Dare To Dine video online.
“Appearing on The Apprentice was fantastic exposure for me and I thought it was great that they were showing the value of YouTube and online entertainment,” said Oli, who has almost 500,000 subscribers to his channel on the video sharing website.
“I was thrilled to share my expertise and show my skills on such a massive TV show.
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“I used to be one of those people who would just sit on YouTube for hours watching videos of cats.
“I knew a few other people who were making their own channels so I thought I would go for it and it all took off really quickly.
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“When I was at NHC I built up about 50,000 subscribers to my channel – I now have nearly half a million.”
Oli, who gets 1.5 million views on his videos each month, has been able to turn his passion into a full-time job.
He said: “I am able to earn a living through YouTube because of advertising and brand sponsored videos.
“Because I get so many views I can create challenges based around a particular brand and be paid for the exposure they receive.
“People often think I’m just ‘a guy who makes videos’ – they don’t realise how much I get out of it.
“For example, I’m going to LA in a few weeks to create videos – my job takes me all over the world.”
About his time at NHC, Oli added: “I had a bit of a tough time at school, I was never a big personality or very confident.
“I found college had a much better vibe and it was easier to make friends – nobody knew each other so we were all in the same position.”