RBS Apprentice tests the bank’s latest recruits

IT WAS all to play for over at RBS last night, as the firm’s most recent intake of graduates battled it out in an Apprentice-style contest to win a night at the bank’s hospitality box in the O2 Arena.

This is the third year running that grads have taken part in the charity challenge, which requires them to work in teams with six different charities.

The concept was devised by the charity Pilotlight, which brings together business leaders with small charities to mentor and coach.

And who better to play the role of Lord Sugar than RBS boss Stephen Hester, ably assisted by City A.M’s own Marc Sidwell amongst other judges.

The winning team of grads developed and launched a numeracy app called numbugs to help children aged five to nine who are struggling with maths, on behalf of Oxford based charity Reading Quest.

Luckily, unlike the BBC show, Hester didn’t say “you’re fired” at the end of the night.