Meet The Apprentice 2022 candidates including contestant who thinks sleep is waste of time

The Apprentice has confirmed its 2022 line-up with 16 new candidates set to face Lord Alan Sugar on the BBC One show.

The contestants include one entrepreneur who thinks sleep is a "waste of time", a Flight Operations Instructor who served in the RAF for 12 years and a Nicki Minaj superfan pharmacist.

The new 16 candidates will battle it out in the boardroom in order to win a life-changing £250,000 investment in their business.

Each task will end with the candidates being summoned in to fight their corner in the boardroom, with one final opportunity to escape the firing line.

With sixteen candidates, twelve tough tasks and one life-changing opportunity… who will become Lord Sugar's next Apprentice?

Here, OK! takes a look at the new candidates…

AARON WILLIS


Age: 38

Occupation: Flight Operations Instructor

Lives in: Chorley, Lancashire

Aaron says: "My strongest point is that I can sell to anybody and I think that's the reason why my business will be a success, because people will buy from me."

AKEEM BUNDU-KAMARA


Age: 29

Occupation: Strategy Manager for a Financial Firm

Lives in: London

Akeem says: "My growing up has made me who I am, I'm able to converse with everyone, but also able to show that financial, business side to myself."

AKSHAY THAKRAR


Age: 28

Occupation: Owner, Influencer and Digital Marketing Agency

Lives in: London

Akshay says: "My friends call me AK 47 because I'm a killer salesperson."

ALEX SHORT


Age: 27

Occupation: Owner, Commercial Cleaning Company

Lives in: Hertford

Alex says: "I would compare myself to a Ferrari, shiny on the outside but under the bonnet, there is a lot of fire and I'm coming for you."

AMY ANZEL


Age: 48

Occupation: Owner, beauty brand

Lives in: London

Amy says: "I can be nice when I need to be, but when I unfortunately have to be a b***h, I will…"

BRITTANY CARTER


Age: 25

Occupation: Hotel front of house manager

Lives in: Bristol

Brittany says: "My motto for life is ‘always look on the bright side and be grateful for everything’ – every day when I wake up, I write 10 things that I am grateful for and when I go to sleep, I reflect on five things I am grateful for from that day."

CONOR GILSENAN


Age: 28

Occupation: Sales Executive and former Professional Rugby Player

Lives in: London

Conor says: "I'm going to be the corporate panther in the boardroom, I'm going to get it done, and I'm going to be Lord Sugar's perfect business partner."

FRANCESCA KENNEDY WALLBANK


Age: 26

Occupation: Owner, sustainability company

Lives in: Surrey

Francesca says: "There are two types of people in the world – there’s people that say they are going to do things and people that actually do them, and I’m a doer."

HARRY MAHMOOD


Age: 35

Occupation: Regional Operations Manager

Lives in: West Midlands

Harry says: "Everything I've looked into achieving, I've achieved, I've literally done everything I've put my mind to."

HARPREET KAUR


Age: 30

Occupation: Owner, dessert parlour

Lives in: West Yorkshire

Harpreetsays: "I'm definitely not in business to make friends. I'm here to make money, and I'm sure Lord Sugar isn't looking for a new mate."

KATHRYN LOUISE BURN


Age: 29

Occupation: Owner, online pyjama store

Lives in: Swindon

Kathrynsays: "My dreams in my head are absolutely huge and I believe I can achieve them."

NAVID SOLE


Age: 27

Occupation: Pharmacist

Lives in: London

Navid says: "Nothing intimidates me because I just feel like I'm a strong character, strong person, strong mindset."

NICK SHOWERING


Age: 31

Occupation: Finance Manager

Lives in: London

Nick says: "In business I'm a bit of a force to be reckoned with I know what I'm talking about, I know how things work, and I'm extremely experienced So, I'm a bit of an animal in the boardroom."

SOPHIE WILDING


Age: 32

Occupation: Owner, Boutique Cocktail Bar

Lives in: Cheltenham

Sophiesays: "Failure is not an option. Winning is part of my DNA."

SHAMA AMIN


Age: 41

Occupation: Owner, children's day nursery

Lives in: Bradford

Shamasays: "Being a lady of colour, wearing a headscarf as well, and the challenges that we face on a daily basis, I just want to be a living example for the Asian women and South Asian women out there."

STEPHANIE AFFLECK


Age: 28

Occupation: Owner, online children's store

Lives in: Kent

Stephanie says: "I’m an East London girl, and I’ve got that no nonsense sort of work ethic. I’ve got grit, determination and I’m determined to be successful."

The Apprentice starts this Thursday, 6 January at 9pm on BBC One, followed by You’re Fired on BBC Two. Watch live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer.

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