New figures reveal there were 16 applicants for every apprenticeship advertised in Derbyshire between August and October last year.
Over the three months 650 vacancies were advertised - an increase of 41 per cent from 460 in 2012 - as applications rose by 72 per cent to 10,870.
Applications from women have increased by more than half since 2012, with 216,100 applications in the three month period, a 55 per cent increase.
Matthew Hancock MP, Skills and Enterprise Minister, said: “With new independent research revealing that one in five employers currently have former apprentices working in senior, board level, positions, it’s also very encouraging to see vacancies increasing and new employers coming on board. But with each online position attracting an average of 12 applications, demand continues to outstrip supply and I would urge more employers to consider how they can take advantage of this available pool of talent and grow their business through Apprenticeships.”