Simon Cowell wants his son to work for him.

The 55-year-old music mogul has started thinking about what job he can give to his 15-month-old child Eric - his son with partner Lauren Silverman - when he's old enough as he wants to give him an ''apprenticeship''.

In an interview on 'Good Morning Britain', the Syco record label boss said: ''I always believe in that apprentice thing, where you learn from other people and that's what I would say to him which is absolutely start at the bottom and you get to find out who you like and how you communicate with people and that's what I would say to him. And be kind to animals.''

Making a joke about setting his son to work in ''seven or eight years'', Simon admitted he would like Eric to work behind a desk rather than in front of a camera.

He said: ''Yes, I would rather he do that (work behind a desk), yes. In here (my office).''

Simon also spoke about the One Direction boys and he is very proud of how the four remaining members - Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan - dealt with Zayn Malik's shock departure in March.

He said: ''They're doing fine. When it happened (there was) no warning - nothing - and they just they were still doing these huge tours and they dealt with it.''