The research from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), highlights the continued popularity of apprenticeships among both employers and the public.
The research also reveals the top ten most popular apprenticeship types applied for and vacancies advertised in 2012, with business and administration topping both charts.
Other top apprenticeships applied for include children and young people’s workforce and customer services.
David Way, Chief Executive of The National Apprenticeship Service, says of the findings: “The high number of applications generated in 2012 is further evidence of just how popular apprenticeships have become. The quality training on offer means apprenticeships are fast becoming a first choice career option for a wide range of people.
“We would like to help even more employers use higher, advanced and intermediate apprenticeships to recruit new staff and are encouraging them to find out more about the funding available.”