Per this BBC article, there is a change in the format:

 

This year, more is at stake than before.

"It's no longer a job, it's now a partnership in a business of their own choice," Lord Sugar explains.

The entrepreneur, a screen star thanks to the show, has promised a cash injection of £250,000 into the winning candidate's chosen business, instead of a role at one of his companies.

New Apprentice candidate Melody Hossaini has revealed that she was once kidnapped and held at gunpoint.

Speaking in her audition video for the BBC One reality show, Hossaini claimed that her upbringing in Iran would help her stand out from the rest of the contestants vying for a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar.

"What makes me different from other candidates is that I come from a different upbringing," she said. "I've come from a different way of thinking. I was born amid war in Iran - our neighbours were bombed and we fled.

"I've been held at gunpoint in my own home. I've been kidnapped. I've had all sorts of different experiences."

The 26-year-old candidate currently works for a global youth consultancy business, which she founded. She also claims to have worked alongside Al Gore, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

(Mmmm I wonder)

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