I just checked out Ormsbys add for a new trainee luthier, and it sounds like the second greatest job in the entire world (the first being professional rock god) and I wondered are there many English based companies that take people on, or is it mostly in America, where some of the bigger dealers are based?

Or is it a case of being a self employed luthier?
There are a few luthiers dotted around the UK and a way in perhaps could be with some experience with wood work etc but an apprenticeship is probably the best way to get into it. It'll be a tough business to start up solo with and keep going as a career unless you've got some experience or a name for yourself i'd of thought