4 celebrities who started out as an apprentice

We all have to start somewhere, don’t we? Believe it or not, some of the world’s most famous people started out as an apprentice. If you’re looking for some career inspiration, find out which celebrities worked their way up to the top.

Sir Alex Ferguson

The legendary Manchester United manager always tried to instil a relentless work ethic into his players, and now we know the inspiration behind this.

During the 50’s and 60’s, Ferguson served as an apprentice toolmaker at the Remington Rand typewriter factory in Glasgow. Gordon Simpson served alongside Ferguson,  and described a personality that we have been so used to seeing on the footballing stage.

‘‘Alec was into looking after the rights of the apprentices,’’ said Simpson in an interview with The Daily Mail. ‘‘There were seven of us who started at the same time and he quickly became the self-appointed leader of us, and was later made the shop steward.’’

Gordon Ramsey

Here’s another Scotsman that isn’t afraid of a bit of hard graft. In 1988, Ramsay served as a Sous-Chef under former mentor and now fierce enemy Marco Pierre White. Check out the video below!


Elvis Presely

It was a little less conversation and a bit more working for ‘The King’ Elvis Presley. In April 1954, just 12 months before the singer landed his first US number one hit with ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’, Elvis was working as an electrician apprentice at Crown Electric.

Like most youngsters today, Elvis had a back-up plan in case a life of fame and fortune came calling, but soon downed his tools after being picked up by his first record label.

Sir Michael Caine

There are a handful of people out there in the United Kingdom that can say the phrase ‘‘Michael Caine has fixed my broken toilet.’’ After returning from the National Service in Korea, Caine worked a number of roles, but for two years served as a plumbing apprentice. The Italian Job star then took up a role as a stage manager at a London theatre, and the rest is history.