The Apprentice 2019 contestants: Meet the new candidates!

The Apprentice 2019 cast revealed

The Apprentice 2019 candidates have been revealed for the brand new series.

The Apprentice is back! The new series returns to BBC One at 9pm and airing weekly on Wednesdays from 2 October 2019, and available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer.

As always, budding entrepreneurs will be put through their paces by business heavyweight Lord Sugar as the search for his next business partner begins.

Baroness Brady and Claude Littner return as Lord Sugar’s trusted advisors, who are once again on hand to scrutinise the candidate’s every move. After each task, the candidates must face Lord Sugar in the boardroom, where they will have to fight it out to avoid hearing the dreaded: "You’re fired."

A total of 16 contestants on The Apprentice 2019 cast have been unveiled today who you can meet in the gallery above.

This year, the candidates come from a broad range of backgrounds; from an athlete to an artisan bakery owner, from a chartered engineer to a sports management agent, and from a finance manager to a pillow salesman, each must draw from their own experience and natural talent to succeed.

The series kicks off with a bang, as Lord Sugar whisks the business hopefuls away to Cape Town, South Africa. For the 15th series, Lord Sugar sets the candidates one of the most challenging tasks ever; to create, set up and run bespoke tours on the outskirts of Cape Town.

This takes the candidates out of their comfort zone from the get go, as the teams head off on Safari and Vineyard excursions.

Over the past eight years, Lord Sugar has invested a staggering £2.25 million into nine fledgling businesses - and the bar is set high for this year’s candidates to impress as they fight for Lord Sugar’s investment.

Who will be next?

The Apprentice 2019 begins on Wednesday, October 2 at 9PM on BBC One.

Meanwhile, comedian, writer and actor Tom Allen is the brand new host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired, which will air each week on BBC Two, straight after the main show

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