Typically hilarity ensues as they are unable even to pronounce the items they're looking for ("cloche!") and by the end of the day, we're treated to endless shots of contestants sprinting around the back-end of Croydon, depths of Soho and arse-end of North London, screaming: "Has anyone seen a candelabrum?!"
However, the highlight of last night's Young Apprentice wasn't really about the desperate blunders and incompetence of the candidates. Instead it was the sub characters, the guest stars and the sub plots.
The most notable of the lot was a gentleman, who has become known in Apprentice land as Garden Centre Guy.
Milking his five minutes of TV fame for all its worth, Garden Centre Guy was a cracky, miserly, old bugger, who refused to be taken for a ride by Lord Shugs's persistent teens.
"Why should I give you a discount?" he snarled from underneath his bushy beard. "Let's give the whooooole garden centre a discount. No!"
What was refreshing about Garden Centre Guy was his stonewall refusal to bend, despite having a TV camera in his face and three inappropriately dressed youngsters shouting, pleading, flirting and doing just about anything that was legal to get the slightest of discounts.
Usually on Young Apprentice, a deal is only a couple of cheeky requests away. One man attempted to out-bolsh Garden Centre Guy, declaring his store "TheNonDealShop.co.uk". Yet, two minutes and some puppy dog eyes later, he was offering a decent discount on his produce.
It's amazing that anyone pays full price for anything in this country after watching an episode of the Apprentice. All you need is a dash of cheek, a small slice of willpower and a couple of weak lines about "how we really, really need" a product and you can seemingly get 20% whacked off the price.
So praise the Lord for grumps like Garden Centre Guy, who are a reminder to timid sorts like myself that it's probably not worth the bother of trying to secure a discount, because a grumpy shopkeeper not to be messed with awaits around every corner.
[Amy Corrigan - left / Maria Doran - right]
Back to the matter of Lord Shugs's latest firing, it was Amy Corrigan who was sent packing back to her A-Levels. She described herself as either a "lion" or a "tiger" when it came to business and this cat wasn't fibbing.
You wouldn't want to be the parents who gave her the wrong Christmas presents, because her bark was enough to send even David 'I treat men like dogs' Odhiambo back into his shell.
But even Amy isn't the scariest character from this year's Young Apprentice clan. That title is firmly in the grasp of scary-eyed vixen Maria Doran, who is casually chewing up and spitting out her rivals every week with his waspish asides and fiery drive.
If Shugs dares to fire her before the final, the old chap won't know what's hit him.