The Beeb is keen to have PROs among the candidates it is interviewing for the show, which will see 14 people compete for a one-year, six-figure job with multi-millionaire Sir Alan Sugar.
When filming starts at the end of the year, Amstrad founder and Tottenham Hotspur football club shareholder Sugar will divide the 14 into two teams and for each week of the 12-week series set them different business tasks.
Based on a similar US series fronted by Donald Trump, The Apprentice is scheduled to be broadcast in the new year. Negotiations continue with Sugar on what the position within his vast empire the lucky winner will get.
The deadline for applications is 18 June.