appreticeshipEnergy 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.

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.