Four apprenticeship events have been organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council for young people aged 16-19 who are considering their future options.
They are taking place as follows: September 7 - Mid Cheshire College, Winsford Campus; September 8 - West Cheshire College, Ellesmere Port Campus; September 14 - Castle Park, Frodsham; September 15 - Chester Town Hall, Chester.
All the events are drop in sessions and will run from 4-6pm.
Apprenticeships combine working with studying for a work-based qualification, from GCSEs to qualifications which are equivalent to a degree.
This mix of education and work experience is a great start for young people and can mean they end up well-skilled and debt-free.
The government has committed to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and they are a crucial part of ensuring that Cheshire West and Chester remains a great place to do business.
Apprenticeships provide a clear framework for a young person to make the important first steps in their chosen career, not only giving them the opportunity to develop new skills and gaining a qualification but also provide invaluable work experience achieved on the job.
Cabinet member, economic development and infrastructure councillor Brian Clarke said: “Our young people are so important to the future of local communities and to the success of local businesses.
“Many local businesses are keen to increase the number of apprentices they recruit, seeing them as a great way to engage with young people on their doorstep and many benefit from the fresh ideas and enthusiasm they bring.”
There are more than 2,000 vacancies in the area for careers as diverse as glazier, mechanic, web developer, dog groomer, nursery practitioner and golf green keeper.
Cllr Clarke added: “The events will hopefully encourage young people to sign up to some of these exciting and often varied vacancies, especially if they feel disappointed with the grades they have recently got whether A level or GCSE. This is a great chance to seize the day and go for an apprenticeship which could be the start of a terrific and rewarding career.”
Employers from around the borough have said they have problems recruiting enough local young people to fill their apprenticeship vacancies.
At the same time young people have said that they do not always feel fully informed of the opportunities available.
Employers and training providers will be meeting young people, highlighting the live vacancies available in the local area and even helping young people begin their applications on the day.
There will also be advice and guidance available to ensure attendees make informed decisions about their futures.