New government figures show a record number of adults achieved vocational qualifications over past academic year.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DUIS) said the Office for National Statistics data shows people are taking steps to find the training they need to improve their careers.

According to the results, the number of people completing an apprenticeship has risen to 112,600, representing 63.7 per cent of all those who started a placement.

The figures also show entrants to apprenticeships have increased from 184,400 in 2006/07 to reach 224,800 in 2007/08.

Furthermore, 299,000 adults achieved a full level two qualification, which is the equivalent to five GCSEs, and 215,100 gained a full level three qualification, the same standard as two A-levels.

John Denham, skills secretary, commented: "We must ensure that we continue to help people access the skills and training they need to get into and on at work, especially in tougher times."

Yesterday (December 17th), DIUS revealed that a £158 million fund will be used to provide UK workers will advice on the careers and help them locate work-related training.