APPRENTICESHIPS across the borough are growing in popularity according to the National Apprenticeship Service.

There was a 37 per cent increase in apprenticeship vacancies posted online on the Apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October last year compared to the same period in 2012.

Matthew Hancock MP, skills and enterprise minister, said: “These figures show that apprenticeships are growing in appeal to young people, and yet more young women are seeking out this unique opportunity to earn while they learn and gain a recognised qualification while notching up vital work experience.”