Thousands of young people in Sheffield are turning to apprenticeships to improve their job prospects, according to research.
More than half of respondents involved in the ICM research said they would choose to do an apprenticeship if one were available.
Research also found 56 per cent of current university students and 66 per cent of young people in work would like to do an apprenticeship.
The increasing popularity of apprenticeships is also reflected in the research, which suggests employers find apprentices 15 per cent more employable than young people with other qualifications.
In the study, employers ranked higher apprentices as the most employable of all young people, above those with degrees.
Sue Price, director at the National Apprenticeship Service, expects applications to reach a new high.
She said: ““Apprenticeships are a great option for school leavers and are now being seen as the first choice by many young people.
“We also want more employers in Sheffield to reap the benefits that apprenticeships have to offer.”