A free apprenticeship information event is being hosted online by Cumberland Council and Westmorland and Furness Council this week.

The award-winning Apprenticeship Team will showcase a variety of opportunities during the 'more than you think' event on March 21 at 5pm.

A variety of roles from health and social care to business administration will be highlighted, as well as more than 30 highways apprenticeships.

No booking is needed.

The event is particularly aimed towards young people, parents, and carers who are interested in learning more about apprenticeship opportunities as a mean to kickstart a new career.

The apprenticeships offer a range of opportunities from Level 2 to Level 4.

Successful candidates can attain a nationally recognised qualification and gain valuable experience in specific industries while earning a wage.

Currently accepting applications, the portal will be open until midnight on March 24.

Apprentices are encouraged to participate in a number of projects and developmental opportunities, such as volunteering.

For instance, last month saw apprentices from both councils’ highways teams dedicating their time for National Apprenticeship Week, volunteering at the Penrith Girl Guides hut to assist in routine building and path maintenance.

Councillor Sue Sanderson, Westmorland and Furness Council's cabinet member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, said: "We are looking to enrol dozens of new apprentices in roles such as highways maintenance, health and social care, customer service, accountancy, business administration and more.

"As well as excellent work experience with service professionals, the scheme also provides learners with a nationally recognised qualification and additional training and support.

“If you or someone you know is interested, apply before midnight on March 24 or come along to our online information session on Thursday to find out more about the different roles and fantastic opportunities available through the apprenticeship scheme.”

Echoing the sentiment, Councillor Elaine Lynch, Cumberland Council’s executive member for Lifelong Learning and Development, said: "Unlock your potential with apprenticeships in Cumbria!

"Join us for our free online event this Thursday to discover a world of opportunities, from highways to care and much more.

"With support, qualifications, and real-life work experience, seize this chance to kickstart your career journey.

"Don't miss out!"

For more details, visit: cumbriaapprenticeships.org.uk.