A new report has claimed that the number of applicants for IT apprenticeships has risen greatly, but the number of places available has fallen.
According to the Skills Funding Agency, a government body, there were 19,520 students that claimed positions in 2011/2012, but this fell to 13,060 in 2013/2014.
The research claims the number of IT apprenticeship applicants has now trebled, from 48,350 in 2010/2011, to 133,800 in 2013/2014.
This means there were 10 applicants for every ICT apprenticeship in 2013/2014, compared to just 2.5 in 2010/2011.
The news comes as part of a wider government announcement that it has fulfilled its pledge of starting two million apprenticeships before this Parliament ends.
“Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to this government’s commitment to apprenticeships,” claimed Business Secretary Vince Cable.
“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need,” he added.
Those seeking a technology career can apply for a wide range of apprenticeships, including data analyst, infrastructure technician and unified communications troubleshooter.
Although Whitehall has hit its two billion apprentices target, it is still introducing new initiatives to increase digital skills across the nation.