Young people looking for work and apprenticeships have the opportunity to meet with potential employers next week.

The Nottingham Apprenticeship Fair is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds considering their next career move, and will bring together training providers, employers with vacancies to fill, advice on applications, apprenticeships and a number of schemes to support young people into work.

Unemployment in Nottingham has been falling since November 2014, but city leaders are keen to keep the issue high on the agenda.

The Council’s Apprenticeship Hub had a target of creating 1,000 apprenticeships by March this year. That figure was exceeded by 200, so a new target of a further 1,000 has been set for March 2016.

The event will be held for the first time in the atrium at Loxley House, in Station Street, on Thursday, October 15 between 1pm and 3pm.

There will be 15 training providers in attendance, plus several large employers including Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City Care, Team Nottingham (the consortium of Notts County and Nottingham Forest Football in the Community), while there will be application stations and people on hand to offer career and job advice.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “It is a continuing priority for the City Council to address the employment needs of our young people and we have made great strides in the past year – beating the target of new apprenticeships by more than 200.

“It is vital that we keep these support programmes in place which aim to get Nottingham’s youngsters the jobs they want. We look forward to meeting many of them at the apprenticeship fair next week.”

The age group of 16 to 24-year-olds represents a relatively high proportion of jobseekers in the city, something that the Nottingham Jobs team is actively trying to tackle.

A partnership between the City Council and Jobcentre Plus, Nottingham Jobs helps jobseekers to connect with local vacancies, and oversees a number of programmes such as Step Into Work, designed to support unemployed youngsters.

Employers from a number of different sectors will be present on the day and looking to recruit.

Attendees will be able to access advice and practical support, get information on training, and find out more about apprenticeships which enable them to study and earn at the same time.

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