The scheme aimed at getting 60 young people into work in four weeks’ time gets underway this week.
Organisers at Erewash Local Strategic Partnership hope to roll out the first employer pledges of jobs for 18 to 24-year-olds at the end of the first week of the festival.
As the event progresses, it is thought that more companies will sign up and offer up more jobs, training and apprenticeships until the total of 60 is reached.
On Tuesday the festival kicks off with a jobs fair at the Connexions centre in Bath Street, Ilkeston.
How Apprenticeships Can Work For You, from 10am to 12noon, is aimed at raising awareness of apprenticeships and their benefits.
There will be an opportunity to register with current apprenticeships .
The official launch by Erewash MP Jessica Lee is on Wednesday at the Novotel, Bostock’s Lane, Long Eaton.
Young people are encouraged to turn up amnytime between 12noon and 4pm for the opportunity to speak directly to local employers about jobs, careers and apprenticeships.
The Advertiser will be supporting the scheme throughout and ticking off pledges until 60 young folk are in work.