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5 February 2014, 06:27
The North East's seen the biggest jump in the number of young people trying to get an apprenticeship.
There were almost 33,500 applications last year - up 60% on the year before.
More girls are applying too. 47% applied last year compared to 43% the year before.
The latest data, from the National Apprenticeship Service, covers the period from the 1st of August to 31st October 2013.
Approximately 80% of the vacancies advertised on the Apprenticeship Vacancies database receive online applications through the system, with the remaining vacancies requiring application directly to the employer.
Across the UK, business, admin and law have been the most popular areas for people taking on apprenticeships.
There were over 165,000 people applying for just 15,500 vacancies.
The North East was also tied with London when it comes to the most competition per online vacancy, with each vacancy attracting an average of 18 applicants.