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Exclusive: 'Young Apprentice': Where Are They Now? - Last year's final six

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Lord Sugar's back. Nick Hewer's raised eyebrows are back. And some more badly dressed, spotty teenagers with more GSCEs than they know what to do with are entering the dreaded boardroom. Yup, the Young Apprentice is back!

However, before the junior reality show spinoff returns, Digital Spy has caught up with last year's Top 6 candidates to find out how their lives have changed over the last six months.

Zara Brownless
Winner - Zara Brownless
"I've auditioned and been accepted into a small Film Academy and am filming a fly-on-the-wall- style documentary with a small crew at the moment, and have also taken a scriptwriting course and consequently written a screenplay for a short film.

"I have used part of the money to buy new equipment as was my original proposition, but am trying to save most of it for investing in a small feature film at some point in the future. I'm currently finishing A-Levels in English, Maths and History and have now set my sights on a childhood dream of getting into Oxford University to read English."

James McCullagh
Runner-Up - James McCullagh
"Not winning the Young Apprentice was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me. It was a massive disappointment and it made me raise my game - I had a point to prove. I went back to school and finished A-Levels (A* Economics, A Biology, A English). I actually came second in NI in A-level economics - coming second is a bad habit!

"Making the final was obviously massive - it taught me so much and I was eager to do something spectacular after. On finishing my A-Levels I had university offers to study law but I've taken a gap year. I'm working for a major London ad agency in account management - it's a great place to be. It suits me massively at the moment - I'm absolutely loving it and doing really well. I do want to go to uni at some stage but I'm in a great place now.

"I'm happy with how everything has worked out - I wasn't a risk Lord Sugar was willing to take - but that's business. I've had so much support from Nick Hewer who I talk to regularly - he's a great guy who I have MASSIVE respect for and he's always there to offer advice. The last year has been crazy but I've landed on my feet and I'm working in my dream job."

Harry Hitchens
Harry Hitchens - Semi-Finalist
"At the moment I am in my last year at college (I was the youngest on the show) studying Philosophy, Economics and English. I'm looking to go to LSE next year. In the meantime I'm in partnership with the Education Business Partnership (the government apprenticeship programme) speaking to disadvantaged schools and communities across the country about motivation, potential and careers.

"It's great to make an impact on so many kids' lives and some have really turned their lives around as a result of my seminars, which is just unbelievable, and I'm so thankful that I actually went and did it."

Harry Maxwell
Harry Maxwell - Semi-Finalist
"I launched two online businesses: LuxuryFiveStarHotelGuide.com is an online luxury England hotel website and LegitEssentials.com is a luxury retailer for not-on-the-high-street well being products. I am now studying at the London School of Economics and sponsored through this by a Big 4 firm where I work part time as a Banking and Capital Markets Financial Improvement Analyst.

"I am a UK ambassador for business social network LinkedIn and the face of the UK wing of a global £1bn cosmetics company, Oriflame, which offers business opportunities to anyone over 18."

Elizabeth Magee
Lizzie McGee - Semi-Finalist
"I am now studying Business Studies with a Year abroad in Lancaster University. I am saving as much money as I can to promote my business after I have graduated, when I will hopefully have a better idea on how to promote it, and increase sales.

"After the show I was also approached by a charity called Ambition, who have asked me chair some meetings and give ideas on how to get young people more involved in business, and entrepreneurship within the North West."

Haya Aldame
Haya Al Diame - Semi-Finalist
"Ever since leaving the show, I went on to continue my A-Level Studies. I achieved A*AA and I am currently studying Economics at UCL university. I set up a small part-time business where I sold Organic Hair products and I sold out within six months. I have now left this business as I would like to focus fully on my Economics Degree."

Young Apprentice returns on Thursday, November 1 at 8pm on BBC One.

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