Apprentice separates itself from other reality TV shows, says winner Martin

The Apprentice separates itself out from the run-of-the-mill reality TV shows as it seeks people with the business credibility and not just the entertainment factor.

This is according to former winner and founder of science and tech recruitment agency Hyper Recruitment Solutions Ricky Martin.

On yesterday’s Good Morning Britain, The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar opened up about the show’s aftercare process in the wake of the recent tragic deaths of Love Island stars Mile Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, and the axing of The Jeremy Kyle Show following the death of Steven Dymond, who was found dead on 9 May a week after filming the show.

The Apprentice has attracted more than a few recruiters, with the likes of Sajan Shah and Trishna Thakrar appearing in recent years and the sector boasting four champions – Tim Campbell, Lee McQueen, James White and Ricky Martin.

Speaking to Recruiter, Martin said the show did its due diligence on him, meaning he was robustly checked, had to see a psychologist and received ongoing support during the process.

He added that while he could not speak for everyone, he had no issue with the show’s aftercare, and also those he was close to had no grumbles about the programme.

But Martin feels what separates out the show is the fact it is a business reality show rather than just a reality show. 

“My honest opinion is they are looking at a different calibre of candidates who have different agendas and different credentials. They might have different robustness.

“I think some reality shows could be doing a lot more but I’m very happy with the support I had from the BBC.

“When they are casting for The Apprentice, I’m under no illusions; they’re looking for two things: someone who is entertaining and good enough to be on a national TV show, but they are also looking for someone with business credibility.”

To hear more from Martin, whose agency won Recruitment Agency Of The Year – Small (11-49 Employees) at last week's Recruiter Awards, see the June issue of Recruiter out next week.

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