Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You: Be the Apprentice to…

I’m referring of course to the Apprentice

When Seth Godin invited talented individuals to apply for his “MBA-like Experience” (and you can still get in before 14 December 2008, over here), it got me thinking:

What if the CEO’s, MD’s, FD’s and HR Executives at largest/best/ethical/green companies invited talent from any corner of the globe, to apply for the opportunity to be their Apprentice? Existing staff are welcome to apply, perhaps with additional requirements for their inside knowledge of the company. Then take a dozen rough diamonds, put them through real business challenges, showcase it online (or maybe not) and give them a career changing experience of a lifetime.  The company builds a talent pool, resolves succession planning and recruits their future heavyweights for next to nothing.

Now to convince those CEO’s…