Eight females and seven males will compete for a job working with multi-millionaire Sir Alan Sugar in the business-based reality show. The series kicks off on March 25 on BBC One.
This year's hopefuls include a city stockbroker, a teacher, an award-winning restaurant owner and an ex-professional footballer.
Sugar's no-nonsense advisers Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford will return, while spinoff show The Apprentice: You're Fired! hosted by Adrian Chiles is also back on Wednesday nights.
The list of contestants in full:
- Anita Shah - A 35-year-old business strategist from Birmingham. She is a cricket fanatic and law graduate, who wants to one day create a business "providing emotional, psychological and spiritual therapy". She describes herself as a "humanitarian with a Bridget Jones alter-ego".
- Debra Barr - A 24-year-old senior sales consultant from Surrey. Awarded the 'Mouth Of The Year' prize at her office Christmas party, Debra admits to being "tenacious". She battled with illiteracy in her youth, but went on to get a English literature BA. Her business heroes are Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
- Kate Walsh - A licensing development manager from Hampshire, Kate is an indie music fan with a passion for snowboarding, cooking and the gym. She admires Sex & The City's Samantha's approach to business. "My CV speaks for itself," says the 27-year-old BSc graduate.
- Kimberly Davis - Born in the Bronx, Kimberly now works as a marketing consultant in London. Her first business was at the age of five when she sold lemonade from an iced-tea stand. The 33-year-old New Yorker has performed Mozart at Carnegie Hall and performed on stage on Disney Land and Disney World. "I bring honesty to the table. I don't lie, cheat or backstab," she says.
- Lorraine Tighe - A 36-year-old national accounts manager, who is a mother-of-two. She left school at 16, but claims to have been the top sales person at every company she's worked for. She admires Victoria Beckham for being resourceful with "not much talent", and claims her career has been a battle "against the odds".
- Mona Lewis - A 28-year-old senior financial manager, who was previously a Tanzanian beauty queen. She is a mother-of-one and considers herself a shrewd and honest worker. She wants to appear on The Apprentice to go outside of her comfort zone. "I knew I would be selected," she says.
- Paula Jones - A 29-year-old human resources consultant from Walsall. She is a fashion conscious academic, who enjoys interior design. She admits to being a "scatter brain" and "shying away from conflict". A former four-star sergeant in the army cadets, she represented the army at county level in shooting.
- Yasmina Siadatan - A restaurant owner in London, Yasmina has spent time in Hull, Los Angeles and Iran. She describes herself as "dominating yet adaptable" and cites Richard Branson as a business hero. The 27-year-old says she would have loved to have been the brains behind Microsoft.
- Ben Clarke - A 22-year-old trainee stockbroker, Ben admits to being ruthless and money-obsessed. He has worked as a Gavin Henson lookalike and describes himself as "cocky". He is inspired by Hugh Hefner's Playboy brand and believes "making money is better than sex".
- Howard Ebison - A 24-year-old retail business manager from Derby, Howard is a dancer, self-trained musician and area manager at ten pubs. He claims to be "family orientated" but "ambitious". He wants to one day set up his own consultancy specialising in customer service.
- James McQuillan - A 32-year-old self-styled "schmoozer", who works as a senior commercial manager. A former child chess champion, doorman and trolley collector, he says that Al Pacino and J.K. Rowling are his inspirational figures. He admits to suffering from "foot in mouth syndrome" and says he would love to have been the brains behind the A-Team.
- Majid Nagra - A 28 year-old business development manager from Coventry, Maj is a "reformed rebel". Expelled from school for wayward behaviour, he now works in youth centres and charities while running his own car hire service. He describes himself as "funny" and "talkative".
- Noorul Choudhury - A science teacher from Rochdale, Noorul wants to become a property developer millionaire. He claims to be a straight-talking leader and says that he always puts work first. The 33-year-old believes business is a "dog eat dog game that you must play to win".
- Phillip Taylor - A 29-year-old from Country Durham, who claims to be "confident and charming". He works as an estate agent and confesses to being a "control freak". He says, "Business is the new rock 'n' roll and I'm Elvis Presley."
- Rocky Andrews - The youngest contestant at 21, Rocky runs a 15-store sandwich chain in the North of England. He was a footballer at Middlesbrough United, but was diagnosed with arthritis, bringing his career to an early halt. He believes business is about "hard work" and "learning from these mistakes".