by Samantha Bartlett on May 31, 2013

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Thousands applying for business and administration apprenticeships

New research has revealed that over 100,000 applications were made for business and administration apprenticeships between February and April of this year.

The results show that the sector is now the most popular with people trying to get into the industry through an apprenticeship. The figures were released by The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) today. In total, a record number of apprenticeship applications were made, with 370,000 being submitted over the three months.

Talking about the findings, skills minister Matthew Hancock, told hrmagazine.co.uk that many students were preferring the route of an apprenticeship in order to get jobs in London and the rest of the UK, rather than studying for a university degree.

He 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.”

Mr Hancock continued: “We want more employers to take advantage of the advice and support available from the NAS and consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.”

David Way, executive director of the NAS also said that the figures show the popularity of apprenticeships are rising in a greater range of occupations that ever before, according to bbc.co.uk.