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HUNDREDS of jobs and more than 1,000 apprenticeships will be up for grabs tomorrow.

It’s the first Journey Back To Work event at Portsmouth’s Cascades Shopping Centre, from 10am until 4.30pm.

It is jointly run by The News, Jobcentre Plus, Portsmouth City Council, Cascades Shopping Centre, A4E and Maximus/CDG and aims to help people of all ages get into work.

Jobcentre Plus staff will be offering advice and support on getting a job, including work experience for young people. The National Apprenticeship Service will be on hand to talk to people about the benefits of an apprenticeship.

Leone Hill, of Jobcentre Plus, said: ‘People should come along because, not only will there be seasonal and permanent jobs on offer, but there will be help and support to help those who want to make their journey back to work.’

Michelle Atkins, who manages the Jobcentre Plus in Portsmouth, added: ‘Work experience is an excellent way for young people to get their first taste of work and build up valuable experience when starting a career.

‘Apprenticeships can give people workplace experience while gaining qualifications.

‘As employees, apprentices can earn as they learn and gain practical and valuable skills in the workplace.’

Firms and organisations which have signed up to take part in the event include Morrisons, which will be recruiting for its new supermarket in Portsmouth, Affinion, Primark, Argos, the council. Army Careers Service. Handle With Care. The Listening Company, Sisterly Care and JD Wetherspoon.

Portsmouth and Highbury colleges, Peta and ITP will be on-hand to talk about training opportunities.

To find out more about apprenticeships before the event, see