1,000 apply for 80 apprenticeships
Energy firm ScottishPower has received more than 1,000 applications for 80 apprenticeships following a recent recruitment campaign.
The company has been looking for apprentices to fill places across three programmes to help deliver its £3.6 billion investment drive in the UK between 2012 and 2014.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Officials said two of the three programmes are now fully subscribed but it is still looking for up to 42 young people aged 16-19 for its Engineering Foundation Programme.
The programme combines study at a local college with industry-specific training at a ScottishPower training centre and positions are available in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Chester.
Sheila Duncan, director of human resources, said: "We are hugely encouraged by the appetite we have seen for these positions, as engineering is a skilled profession that offers a wide range of career opportunities.
"We have been working closely with schools, colleges and universities across the UK to promote engineering as a desirable career choice, and it is great to see the interest in apprenticeship engineering positions continue to increase."
The two fully-subscribed apprenticeship programmes are the craft apprenticeship and the power engineering higher level apprenticeship.