MORE than 300 people applied for 17 jobs in Stafford the Newsletter can reveal.
Alstom released the remarkable figures to mark National Apprenticeships Week.
The company advertised 10 apprenticeships at its power and grid operation in the town and received 185 applications.
They also offered seven graduate jobs at their Stafford base and received 158 responses.
Nationally Alstoom, which employs more than 6,500 people at 30 sites around the UK, received 518 applications for 27 apprenticeships with its grid, power and transport divisions.
Those who make the shortlist will be invited to take part in an assessment in Stafford.
Alstom has closed applications for its graduate scheme, with 418 applying for the 17 spaces across the country.
Terence Watson, Alstom UK President, said: “I think what we’re seeing is an eagerness on behalf of young people to become involved in a career in engineering. As engineering companies like Alstom face a huge skills gap in the coming years, it’s increasingly important that we do everything we can to address that by training up young people.
“Without their talent it will be impossible to build such vital projects as new nuclear power stations, HS2 and offshore wind farms – projects we need to sustain our economic recovery.”
Alstom offers three and four-year apprenticeships, including study at local colleges as well as extensive on-the-job training at power stations, on grid projects and at the company’s transport centres.
The company also operates a Stem ambassadors programme designed to encourage young people to consider engineering as a career and currently has nearly 150 employees regularly visiting schools and events to talk about potential career paths.
Alstom will also be attending the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham this week as part of its commitment to helping develop tomorrow’s engineers.