Job vacancies for apprentices have shot up by more than 40 per cent across Derbyshire, according to latest figures.
There were 650 vacancies across the county between August and October last year, compared to 460 during the same period in 2012.
However, the hefty increase didn’t keep pace with the percentage rise in applications.
There were 10,870 people who applied for postions during the period, an increase of 72 per cent.
And apprentice vacancies in Derby saw nearly double the increase of the rest of the county - rising by 78 per cent to 570 jobs advertised.
Nationally, apprenticeships are attracting increasing numbers of applications from females.