By Daniel Hunter

More than one million women started apprenticeships between 2010/11 and 2013/14, more than the number of men, showing that apprenticeships are no longer 'just for boys, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

More than 1.1 million women started an apprenticeship in the period, compared to 972,000 men.

The number of women starting apprenticeships in business, administration and law has almost trebled, with over 370,000 women beginning apprenticeships in this sector between 2010/11 and 2013/14 compared to just 130,000 between 2005/06 and 2008/09. Over the same periods, the number of women starting a career in education through an apprenticeship has soared from just over 1,000 to over 20,000.

Since 2010, the total number of people starting apprenticeships has doubled, with over 2 million apprenticeships starting in England. The number of people starting apprenticeships in business and law each year has increased by over 60% in that time, with starts in engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships growing by over 50%.

Today, the Deputy Prime Minister will welcome 40 apprentices from the banking, insurance and legal services to learn about their experiences of earning whilst they learn.

Revealing the figures whilst speaking with 40 apprentices from the banking, insurance and legal services, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "These encouraging statistics show that we are starting to see an end to the barely concealed snobbery of people thinking apprenticeships aren’t the path to a good career. In fact, they are becoming the first choice for earning and learning.

"The fact that we’re seeing more women seizing the opportunity is proof that apprenticeships are no longer seen as ‘jobs for the boys’, whilst also marking a positive new era where university is no longer seen as the only option.

"But there is still work to be done. I’m proud to see more apprenticeships being created across industries of all kinds, but I will continue to push for young people to have a growing range of vocational opportunities when they leave school."