A promising retail career looks in store for a Midland apprentice already crowned student ambassador of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Nick Bannister (far right), from the Dragons’ Den star’s academy at Solihull College, is continuing along the route to success with a place on a national apprenticeship scheme.

The 20-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, reached the final interview stage with discount retailer Aldi and impressed the panel enough to secure a place on the scheme.

He will be trained in all aspects of retail management within three years to hopefully emerge as a deputy store manager.

“I’m really pleased to have joined Aldi on the apprentice scheme and I’m excited about my future working in retail,” said Nick.

“Studying at the academy helped me develop a range of skills including finance and business planning, as well as build my confidence.”

Yvonne Malpass, head of retail at Solihull College, said: “We are extremely proud Nick has secured one of the positions working for one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies.”