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RESIDENTS in Fairfield and Buxton interested in apprenticeships are being urged to attend a special open day for young people, adults and families.

High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) has joined forces with Derbyshire County Council, Connexions and Fairfield Adult Community Education to host a Leap into an Apprenticeship event at Fairfield Adult Education Centre on Wednesday June 20.

Running from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, the session will show people how to register and build a profile on the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

A couple of employers and a local apprentice will be on hand to share their experiences and explain why apprenticeships are a good route to a long-term career. Connexions career advisors will also be there.

Funding for the event has been provided by borough council leader Caitlin Bisknell and councillors Fiona Sloman and Rachel Quinn using their Councillors Initiative Funds.

Year 11 students, young people out of work, parents or adults of any age are all invited to learn how to apply.

Godfrey Claff, HPBC executive councillor for regeneration, said: “Apprenticeships aren’t just for 16 to 18-year-olds - you can apply at any age.

“And with the average apprentice salary being £160 a week, it’s a good way to earn and learn at the same time, whether you’re 17, 24 or 38.”

Teas and cakes, provided by Buxton College students, will be served and there will also be free hair trims for men and boys - undertaken by current apprentices and supervised by an experienced assessor.