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A careers programme for schools that'll engage and inspire students

Try a Trade gives teachers and career advisers everything they need to help inspire a new generation of young people about the incredible apprenticeship and career opportunities in trades like plumbing, electrics, and carpentry.

What is Try a Trade?

We’re helping school students in Years 10 and 11 discover more about careers in the trades, providing teachers and career advisers with a hub of resources and content to share as part of your careers programme or careers fairs, as well as first-hand access to people already working in trades.

Try a Trade, powered by Checkatrade, aims to help plug a national trade skills gap of almost ONE MILLION workers over the next decade, by connecting young people with a world of limitless possibilities in a trades career.

What to expect

A range of schools across the UK are using Try a Trade resources in their schools to excite and inspire young people about working in the trades. It offers:

Try a Trade aims to break down the barriers to accessing the trade industry, and open young people’s minds to the earning power and potential of life as a tradesperson.

Access free careers resources and guides

Everything you need to launch the Try a Trade programme in your school is available – for free – on our hub.

A range of free resources, activities, and engaging sessions are available – just register your details or log in, and you’ll instantly be able to access anything you might need.

We can also help connect young people with employers who are actively looking for their next trade apprentice, opening up real-world possibilities for your students.

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If you’re a school, you can easily get in touch to find out more!

Wherever you’re based in the UK, start that journey now and you could bring your careers days to life in a new and exciting way.

It’s easy! Complete the registration form and you’ll be access all of the resources and assets to run Try a Trade in your School. 

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You can inspire future generations of trades

If you’re an employer or training provider and want to inspire the next generation, we’d love to hear from you too. We’re always on the lookout for tradespeople and trades businesses that want to give back.

Many trades leaders were inspired by someone special in their own lives – and you could be that person for many more young people: The UK’s next generation of trades talent.

Simply complete the form and we’ll be in touch with all the details.

Note: Just to let you know (and as you may expect), as part of the scheme, once we’ve provided your contact details with your local school, they may then have some vetting checks they’ll need to run.

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