by Samantha Bartlett on September 2, 2013

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Online apprenticeship applications increase by a third, says NAS

The National Apprenticeship Services (NAS) has claimed that the number of online apprenticeship applications have increased by a third in the last year.

According to the organisation, over 1.4 million applications for the job roles were made in the last 12 months. It also found more employers were offering the role to youngsters, with approximately 129,000 apprenticeship vacancies posted on the web in 2012/13 compared to 101.000 the previous year.

However, experts suggested that employers must offer even more apprenticeships due to the high demand. Statistics showed that this year there were 11 applications per each vacancy.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock told hrmagazine.co.uk: “To match the growing popularity of apprenticeships, I would urge more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.”

Apprentice jobs in London were said to be the most competitive, with nearly 285,000 applications submitted. The most popular job role that was applied for was live event promotion, with 35 applicants per position, followed by plumbing with 33 people applying for each role.

It is thought that the popularity in apprenticeships are rising due to the fact that University tuition fees have now increased to £9,000 per year for students, which is likely to leave some with debts of around £40,000 after living costs have been catered too, according to telegraph.co.uk.