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THE countdown is on for the first Portsmouth Opportunities Fair.

It is an interactive showcase of the best careers that the city has to offer.

Youngsters aged between 10 and 13 are invited to go to the Guildhall on Sunday, October 16 along with their families.

The fair’s aim is to show youngsters what there is on offer in Portsmouth and so raise their aspirations of embarking upon a good career locally.

Local firm Ahmarra is one of those taking part.

The firm’s Vicki Boulton said the company already operates an apprenticeship scheme, which includes engineering, carpentry and design, and said the fair was a chance for the firm to contribute investing in its workforce in the future.

Ahmarra specialises in joinery refits and making ‘architectural’ doors, such as those for airports,

Vicki added: ‘We are always happy to offer advice to future generations and to demonstrate the career opportunities available at Ahmarra.

‘We look forward to meeting and inspiring the young people of Portsmouth.’

At the event, almost 100 companies and organisations will be showing off what they have to offer.

Business leaders who grew up in the city will explain how they got to where they are today, and why they stayed in the city.

It has been organised by the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth group and the Portsmouth Education and Business Partnership, and will be held between 10am and 3pm.

It is free to attend, and any firms wanting to take part should contact Jacquie Jones at the EBP on (023) 9228 3400.