Lord Alan Sugar has unveiled the 12  contestants who will battle it out on this year's series of Young Apprentice.

Hoping to win a £25,000 business development  fund to kick-start their careers, the eclectic bunch hail from not only every  corner of the UK, but also Kenya and Paris.

And with a former chip shop worker, a ukulele  player and a fashion designer among the group, the eight episodes look set to  make for interesting viewing.

 

 
High-achievers: Lord Alan Sugar, assisted by his no-nonsense advisers Nick Hewer and Karren Brady, will choose one young business brain as the winner of a £25,000 career-development fund on this year's Young Apprentice

High-achievers: Lord Alan Sugar, assisted by his  no-nonsense advisers Nick Hewer and Karren Brady, will choose one young business  brain as the winner of a £25,000 career-development fund on this year's Young  Apprentice

 

Former Head Girl and budding politician  Navdeep Bual is already a high-achiever at the tender age of 16, not only having  met former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, but also being the UK’s Young Ambassador  for the Global Campaign for Education.

Navdeep - whose ultimate aim is to work for  the UN - said: 'I’m probably the most competitive person I know but I see that  as a brilliant thing because I thrive in competition. I think without it life  would be pretty dull.'

Maria Doran may be a bubbly Irish girl with a  passion for the theatre, but she warned the worst thing for her competitors to  do would be to 'underestimate' her.

 
Business brains: Navdeep Bual [L) is UK¿s Young Ambassador for the Global Campaign for Education, while Maria Doran (R) warned she has the 'heart of a lioness'
Business brains: Navdeep Bual [L) is UK¿s Young Ambassador for the Global Campaign for Education, while Maria Doran (R) warned she has the 'heart of a lioness'
 

Business brains: Navdeep Bual (L) is UK’s Young  Ambassador for the Global Campaign for Education, while Maria Doran (R) warned  she has the 'heart of a lioness'

She said: 'I’m 5’1” and look like a little  angel but believe me I have the heart of a lioness and will take apart anybody  that tries to mess with me.'

Farmer's daughter Alice Smith has already  earned herself a steady income by selling free-range eggs from the chickens on  her farm in between her jobs as a waitress and working in a golf shop.

Meanwhile, Londoner Amy Corrigan's first job  was working in a fish and chip shop, but she is already dreaming of the high  life, and hopes to open her own nightclub one day.

 
Young entrepreneurs: Farmer's daughter Alice Smith [L) has already earned herself a steady income by selling free-range eggs from the chickens on her farm, while Amy Corrigan (R) dreams of owning her own London nightclub
Young entrepreneurs: Farmer's daughter Alice Smith [L) has already earned herself a steady income by selling free-range eggs from the chickens on her farm, while Amy Corrigan (R) dreams of owning her own London nightclub
 

Young entrepreneurs: Farmer's daughter Alice Smith (L)  has already earned herself an income selling free-range eggs, while Amy Corrigan  (R) dreams of owning her own London nightclub

Inspired by fashion designer Vivienne  Westwood, Ashleigh Porter-Exley has been in employment since she was just 13,  while Paris-born Lucy Beauvallet boasts being bilingual and owning her own cake  business as among her many talents.

When it comes to the boys, Kenyan-born David  Odhiambo still does a paper round at the age of 17, despite already having  chaired a number of committees and confessing to being a  'megalomaniac'.

He said: 'I have a disease called  megalomania; this is a condition that means I am highly obsessed with wealth,  power and omnipotence.'

 
Determined: Ashleigh Porter-Exley [L) has been in employment since she was just 13, while Paris-born Lucy Beauvallet (R) boasts being bilingual and owning her own cake business among her many talents
Determined: Ashleigh Porter-Exley [L) has been in employment since she was just 13, while Paris-born Lucy Beauvallet (R) boasts being bilingual and owning her own cake business as among her many talents
 

Determined: Ashleigh Porter-Exley (L) has been in  employment since she was just 13, while Paris-born Lucy Beauvallet (R) boasts  being bilingual and owning her own cake business among her many  talents

Elsewhere, at the tender age of 16, Max  Grodecki trades vintage clothes and collectables, and has already made more than £1,000 after selling an unidentified Lowry sketch.

Steven Cole set up his first business at the  age of 13, and has the lofty aim of hoping to have made £10 million by the age  of 27.

Meanwhile, Wirral-based fashion designer  Patrick McDowell was the youngest-ever recipient of the Young Textiles Designer  of the Year at the age of 13, and boasts playing the euphonium and the baritone  horn, as well as being in a brass band and swing band, as among his musical  talents.

 
Cut-throat: Kenyan-born David Odhiambo describes himself as 'highly obsessed with wealth, power and omnipotence', while Max Grodecki already trades vintage clothes , art and collectables at the tender age of 16
Cut-throat: Kenyan-born David Odhiambo describes himself as 'highly obsessed with wealth, power and omnipotence', while Max Grodecki already trades vintage clothes , art and collectables at the tender age of 16
 

Cut-throat: Kenyan-born David Odhiambo (L) describes  himself as 'highly obsessed with wealth, power and omnipotence', while Max  Grodecki (R) already trades vintage clothes , art and collectables at the tender  age of 16

But he's not the only Young Apprentice  contestant to have already got an award under his belt.

Sean Spooner was named the World's Youngest  publisher after setting up a magazine at the age of 14, while Huddersfield-born  Andrew Tindall first started making money from his charity-based greeting cards  business at the age of 10.

He warned: 'It’s not a team game; it’s  working together but for me to win.'

 
Competitive: Steven Cole [L) set up his first business at the age of 13, while Wirral-based fashion designer Patrick McDowell (R) was the youngest-ever recipient of the Young Textiles Designer of the Year
Competitive: Steven Cole [L) set up his first business at the age of 13, while Wirral-based fashion designer Patrick McDowell (R) was the youngest-ever recipient of the Young Textiles Designer of the Year
 

Competitive: Steven Cole (L) set up his first business  at the age of 13, while Wirral-based fashion designer Patrick McDowell (R) was  the youngest-ever recipient of the Young Textiles Designer of the  Year

The cut-throat competition will see the  youngsters battle it out in a series of tasks designed to test their business  acumen, including designing a new cookbook, sourcing props for the English  National Opera and branding a hair-styling product.

Once again, the group will have a taste of  the good life by living in a luxury mansion in Hampstead, North London, as they  prepare to face multi-millionaire technology mogul Lord Sugar and his  no-nonsense advisers Nick Hewer and Karren Brady in the boardroom each week.

 
Future stars? Sean Spooner [L) was named the World's Youngest publisher after setting up a magazine at the age of 14, while Huddersfield-born Andrew Tindall (R) first started making money from his charity-based greeting cards business at the age of 10
Future stars? Sean Spooner [L) was named the World's Youngest publisher after setting up a magazine at the age of 14, while Huddersfield-born Andrew Tindall (R) first started making money from his charity-based greeting cards business at the age of 10
 

Future stars? Sean Spooner (L) was named the World's  Youngest publisher after setting up a magazine at the age of 14, while  Huddersfield-born Andrew Tindall (R) first started making money at the age of  10

Lord Sugar tells the hopefuls in the first  episode: 'We’ve got whole countries going bankrupt and I believe it is young  people like you who will bring prosperity back to this country.

'I don’t like teacher’s pets and I don’t like  school bullies. This is about the real world. I’m not making you sit exams – the  only grade you’ll get here is ‘F’ for Fired.'

Young Apprentice starts on November 1 at 8pm  on BBC One.

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Sean Spooner - Young Apprentice 2012

The Young Apprentice 2012 kicks off this week, and Sean Spooner reckons he’s  already got something up on his rivals.

 

The 16-year-old was previously named the world’s youngest publisher after  starting a magazine with his school friend aged 14.

In his audition, the teen boasts: “I’ve had businesses, I’ve sold businesses.  I’ve spoken to clients. I’ve done a lot more than most people.

“And equally there are still lessons to learn.”

Sean continues: “I’m not a normal 16-year-old. Most people are going out and  getitng drunk while I’m sat at home writing an article or something.”

 

Lucy Beauvallet - Young Apprentice 2012

The Young Apprentice 2012 kicks off this week, and one candidate who’s sure  to cause chatter is Lucy Beauvallet.

 

The 16-year-old claims in her audition: “I’m not into backstabbing, I’m not  into playing games.”

She continues: “I do put work above everything because it really is what drives me, I have great business ideas.”

“I’m really interesting,” says Lucy. “I’m slightly manipulative, maybe a bit  bossy, but I think that’s quite good.”

Filling her quota of soundbites that will probably end up coming back to  haunt her, Lucy adds: “It’s my way or the highway.”

 

Originally Posted by Enthusiastic Contrafibularities:

 

I have just checked out the contestants above and I can honestly say I think one of them will win.

 

One of the girls, they always seem the better candidates to me.

 

And I wish they would pay for some tailored clothes. One of the guy's looks like his suit has been bought to grow into.

 

Looking forward to it though.

I love this show - I think the junior one is getting better than the 'grown up' one now tbh.   BUT  - I wish these kids would stop dressing like middle aged bank managers.

Originally Posted by KaffyBaffy:
Originally Posted by Enthusiastic Contrafibularities:

 

I have just checked out the contestants above and I can honestly say I think one of them will win.

 

One of the girls, they always seem the better candidates to me.

 

And I wish they would pay for some tailored clothes. One of the guy's looks like his suit has been bought to grow into.

 

Looking forward to it though.

I love this show - I think the junior one is getting better than the 'grown up' one now tbh.   BUT  - I wish these kids would stop dressing like middle aged bank managers.

 

Originally Posted by Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing:
Originally Posted by ~Cosmopolitan~:

Dodgy novelty socks are a no-no!  Someone tell that lad and quick.

No! We need to have things to point and laugh at.

Groan at more like 

 

Who's the little boy with the mop top hair-do?

It's a Cocozza gone wrong (if that were possible)

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