MORE than 1,500 people applied for apprenticeships online in the Portsmouth area between February and April this year.
Figures for the internet applications rose by 40 per cent compared to the year before, the National Apprenticeships Service has said.
The 1,740 applicants were chasing 160 apprenticeships advertised online.
Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: ‘With more vacancies than ever before, apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people who want to achieve their career goals through an alternative route to university.
‘We want more employers to take advantage of the advice and support available from the National Apprenticeship Service and consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.’
Fareham, Gosport and the Isle of Wight saw the highest increase in applications submitted, said NAS.
David Way, executive director of NAS, said: ‘Apprenticeships are a great way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification; and setting them on the road to success in their chosen career.
‘For employers, hiring apprentices is a way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce.’