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    Hi all, my son is approaching 16 and very interested to start an apprenticeship in a manual trade – anyone got any suggestions on what sort of trades are the best / most popular / have the best prospects? I’m obviously happy to help him out for the first few years financially, but it would be good to know there is a brighter future ahead!

    Also, we’re in North London near Finsbury Park, any suggestions on anyone to approach about it nearby?





    It depends what trade he’s interested in.

    For engineering, mechanical or electrical, Rolls Royce are currently the top providers of apprenticeships for school leavers. I’m not sure where all there bases are UK wide, but they have a big presence in Bristol and Derby. For the top apprenticeships he might have to consider moving or being willing to commute a fair bit.

    Engineering is doing well to the moment and most big companies offer apprenticeships. Also the government are set to put a lot more funding into training for school leavers in the engineering sector over the next couple of years, so I expect some companies will be able to boost their vacancies.



    Hello James,

    Here is a helpful website that might help you/your son search for suitable apprenticeships in your area:
    – apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk/navms/Forms/Candidate/Apprenticeships.aspx

    As well as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems was in the news this year about increasing their number of apprenticeships, so it might be worth checking out the Aerospace industry too.

    Trades such as electrical and plumbing are always going to be in demand, whether it’s within a large company, small company or self-employment.

    I hope this helps!



    http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/top-employers – this is the Top 75 Placement and Internship Employers in the UK which might be worth looking at if you’re struggling to find apprenticeships!

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